|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Indulge yourself in this truly superb 6 bed 5.5 bath 3500 Sq Ft Resort home for your ultimate Disney Vacation. The Epcot Escape home is themed an Disney's Epcot World Showcase.
The home has been furnished to an extremely high standard, and interior decorated by professionals. The extended lanai and screened pool deck area is not overlooked and backs onto conservation land to ensure your relaxation in the pool area is completely private.
The home has 4 master bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom, a further 5th bathroom, and half bath on the ground floor. The China suite is located on the ground floor with a king bed, walk in closet, and en-suite bathroom, with separate tub and shower, and twin vanity sinks. All the other bedrooms are located on the second floor, with the America suite with king bed, the Canada suite with queen bed, and the Mexico suite with a queen bed. There is another full bathroom on this floor, along with the Princess room, that has 1 twin bed and 1 bunk. The 'Cars' room has 2 bunk beds sleeping up to 4.
As you come through the front door there is a formal living/dining area, for that quiet place to relax. The large dining table will seat 8 guests comfortably. This area leads to the luxury kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and every convenience you can think of. The breakfast nook table will also sit eight, and over looks the covered lanai and screened pool area. The living room has a sectional leather sofa, with large screen LCD TV, DVD player. The projector and surround sound system located in the theater/games room are also hooked up to the cable TV, for those sports games and your favorite TV shows !! The French doors lead out to the covered lanai, that has 2 tables and enough outdoor seating for 20 people !!!
The pool is 28x14 with a separate spa/hot-tub. The pool can be heated in the cooler months, and the spa has a separate gas heater to ensure this gets hot whatever the weather.
The ground floor is also home to the laundry room with full size washer and dryer. This leads to the games and theater room, with giant projection screen, Playstation 3 with built in Blu-Ray /DVD player, cable TV, along with a selection of over 60 DVD movies. Settle in to one of the 6 luxury leather theater recliners to watch a movie. This has a separate A/C unit to ensure your comfort in the Summer months.
The home is fully air-conditioned with two separate units for each floor. There is free high-speed WiFi internet, and free International calls to over 60 countries worldwide.
We spent two weeks in the villa and it was wonderfully relaxing and certainly the most enjoyable villa we have stayed at. We have been staying in vacation villas at least twice a year for the past decade and we were amazed with the amount of time and money that had been spent on decorating the home. Most villas have the bleached white furniture (a Florida tradition I was once told), a few pictures on the walls and the required "Mickey" themed bedrooms. Well at here at the "Epcot Retreat" villa we found tastefully decorated rooms, each with a well-done theme right down to the lamps, pictures, bedspread and bath mats. Makes you feel right at home, and not like you are renting some cheap villa.
Spent a lot of time floating in the pool enjoying the conservation view, including daily visits by several hawks resting in the tree behind the property line. Even had a couple of turkey vultures sitting in that tree on day and they are very large birds indeed. The back deck is the largest we have found in the area, and so I spent a lot of time out back writing software (I'm a software engineer) and enjoying the view. With privacy hedges on both sides of the pool enclosure the back is not overlooked by anyone, which if you look at most villas is quite rare.
We do eat most meals at home, and so the kitchen was wonderful. This was the first villa we have stayed at that had not only the required collection of day to day plates, but also has a collection of plastic plates for serving dinner on the deck, and so we took advantage of that (we always bring two plastic plates so we can eat outside, but not necessary here).
We did experience an issue one night where the spa heater would not engage and I sent an email to the property manager, Dee. Well Dee showed up the next morning to look at it and then called in a service tech who fixed it and so it was working that night when we got back from Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. Knowing that you have a very responsive and helpful property manager is a deciding factor to me and so we have booked the villa for our 2017 spring trip. Our recommendation of this villa is evidenced by our security deposit on our return trip next spring.
Home was large enough for our 8 adults and 6 kids. However, we had to call the owner to spray for the two roaches we saw. What was disappointing is the game room/theatre room does not get cool so it was too hot to stay in and enjoy. Also, the dishes has been left a bit dirty.
We did enjoy the pool, plenty of room for everyone.
This house provides everything needed for a fabulous holiday. When I booked on behalf of the other family staying with us, I was concerned having read the first review. Dee who manages the property was very reassuring. From what I had read I thought we may have to compromise with a property that had insects and that may be a little worse for wear. I couldn't have been more wrong! To my delight, the house was spotlessly clean throughout the kitchen, lounge, bedrooms bathrooms and pool area and my friends said what a lovely villa it was. The linen was clean and the beds were the most comfortable we've slept on any holiday. When not out, we enjoyed spending evenings out on the ample seating area by the pool, a very private, peaceful place overlooking trees and bushes. I'm not sure what the previous visitors did to attract insects, but we were careful to clear up food each time we ate and didn't experience one single cockroach in the kitchen during our whole three week stay! The rooms are so large and roomy, eight of us sharing six bedrooms meant there was potential for the teenagers to use a spare room or additional shower when needed. The cinema room came into it's own to give them their own space as well. Expecting bugs and used to holidays in various countries I'm used to constant insect bites, but didn't get bitten once during the whole stay! With the Disney Parks, Universal, SeaWorld, International Drive, the Outlets, etc a short drive away, we had so much to do within about 20 minute's drive. We highly recommend Marsh Landing Airboat tours to see the Aligators (ask for Chris, he's a brilliant guide - best to do 1.5 hours as it takes a while to get out to the Marsh). If you want to eat al fresco one evening, try Lake Mineola Inn & Tiki Bar in Clermont, a fair drive (about 45 mins), basic home made food, although well worth it sitting by a beautiful lake away from the fairly busy restaurants nearby. Out of all the Orlando resorts and villas we could have stayed in, we realised when there, that many didn't have a clubhouse, sports facilities, or were close to a highway. Emerald Island had everything we needed, with the villa only a short walk from the clubhouse, well-presented, large, clean and comfortable. Dee was helpful and accessible (the site had a powercut one evening and it was reassuring to get through straight away to get help). I would be comfortable recommending it to anyone who is looking for a quality Orlando stay.
The property was as described. Nice area and neighborhood. Plenty of room for our family of 9 adults and 6 kids. Had a few minors issues with pool heating and hot tub temp but the homeowner sent out someone ASAP to correct the issue. Homeowners was pleasant to speak with and was helpful with anything we needed. The home was clean and well maintained and we would return again.
This property was perfect for our multi-generational group. The house layout, private lot, location and management were exceptional. For layout, everyone had their own space and bathroom. The kids could play and make noise in the garage game room allowing adults to rest longer in the morning. The lanai, pool and hot tub were awesome and where we spent the most time. The lot is very private as you can only see the reserve behind the house. For location, we went to Universal (30 min) Hollywood Studios (15 min) and Legoland (45 min). There are plenty of stores and restaurants near by as well. Lastly, Dee pro-actively called me the day prior to our arrival and a couple of days into our stay to ensure everything was to our liking. When I had questions about the game room projector and pool she came by within 10 minutes to personally ensure my questions were answered. As noted in other reviews, my only suggestion for improvement is some paint for the higher traffic areas like the stairwell. I highly recommend this property!!
After a year of planning, our family enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience in this amazing home. The home was perfect and accommodated our family with large rooms and baths. The layout of the home gave personal space to each guest. The open floor plan allowed comfortable family gathering time. The pool and hot tub were the children's favorite as well as the adults! The owners were wonderful to work with too. Any questions were answered promptly. Even finding another house they owned across the street! We had 20 people in there two houses and everyone had a wonderful time. The parks were 5 minutes away as well as wonderful shopping conveniently located. I highly recommend this lovely property. Jan Taylor
|Clean fee 1-6 nights||£114|
|Pool & spa heat-optional||£162 + Tax|
|Rental Damage Plan||£40|
Please note all reservations are subject to our booking terms and conditions, which you will receive before any payment is made. Once the booking form is signed or you use the Homeaway "BookIt" button you are agreeing to our terms and conditions. Pool & gas spa heat is $35 per night or discounted to $200 per week. Pool heat only $150 per week. Spa only $10 per night. All pool/spa heat + 13% FL tax