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Spacious Lake House with, Heated Pool, 5 bedroom, Theater Room, Chain of Lakes

Bedrooms 5
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Big (7000sf), Bright, Roomy, 2 Story, 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath with Boat House

The Lake House at 1443- At over 7,000 square feet, this two story 5 1/2 Bedroom, 5 Bath home is a great way to escape to the warmth and solitude of Central Florida. A privately gated yard leads to a circular drive with a grand entrance. Park your car in the shade of a large live oak or pull into the 3-car garage which adjoins the large game room with 8' pool table.

Next is the spacious, professional kitchen, separated from the combination Dining and Living “Great Room” with and arched window. The Great Room overlooks the pool and beautiful Lake Roy. Here you might enjoy the Yamaha Player Piano, filling the home with sound. High speed Wifi and Security system for your security and convenience.

The adjacent Theater Room boasts a 14 foot diagonal screen with surround sound that can be enjoyed from the Great Room, yard and pool... even from the other side of the lake! Two double-bed futons, bean bags and a card table provide the theater comfortable seating.

Down the hall to the Master Suite, you’ll enjoy a large custom Steam Room with two Rain-Forest showers, matching wash basins, a Closet Room, a private deck overlooking the lake and private access to the pool area. Off the same hallway the other two bedrooms share a bathroom, one through the walk in closet, one down the hall.

Upstairs is also part of the Great room, as it is viewed from above from two spacious loft areas, bridged together over the dining room. Both offer amazing vistas of the lake, pool and front yard. The first loft includes a wet bar, entertainment center and exercise/dance floor and access to the upper-level lanai. Walk across the indoor bridge to a second loft that offers a secluded getaway for reading, office work and a foldout couch for another place to rest.

Also at the top of the stairs are two large guest suites, one with a lake view and open air access to the upper lanai, the other is larger, with a view of the front yard and drive.

The deep (9 feet) 18'x36' pool, surrounded by a paved deck area, is open to the stars and the sun. Included is a large charcoal grill and deck chairs. The pool is heated, if you wish, but incurs an additional charge based on the fuel used for the heater.

A great destination for fishermen or those with boats, there is a two bay boat house and dock on the lakefront with a small swim area. About half of our lakefront we leave in its natural state to allow habitat for our ducks and ducklings, coots, gallinules, otters, frogs and herons. Boat rentals tend to come and go and are not easy to find but an Internet search may yield results.

Parking is plentiful with a circular driveway, a three car garage or, by permission, in the adjacent lot.

More Details

Eric and Dee Hinshaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

About Eric and Dee Hinshaw

Eric and Dee Hinshaw are the 3rd generation owners and managers of Chalet Suzanne, a recently closed Depression Era world famous Inn located in Lake Wales, FL. After a great career at United Airlines, Eric and Dee retired in 2009 to devote their total efforts toward serving the needs of couples and work with troubled marriages, offering hope beyond tragedy and indiscretion.

Eric and Dee Hinshaw purchased this house in 1991

Why Eric and Dee Hinshaw chose Central Florida

This property is our dream home, in our dream location, a quiet neighborhood located close to all the things that are important to US and our family. We invite you to enjoy it as we have for so many years!

When we were designing our home, Dee wanted something that we could 'see through', so large windows that offer a great view of the lake, even from the front yard, were the result. The Great Room is truly great and the sound of the grand piano fills the entire property with elegant notes, even when the discs are being played. With an active young family we really needed a large game room and that has been one of the most popular places to hang out, with an open pass through to the kitchen that doubles as a Breakfast Bar.

From the Game Room there is access to the large pool through a bathroom that is designed for both handicapped and kids, with a wheelchair accessible shower and open vanity. We love the weather in Florida and the incredible amount of stars that can be seen at night so we decided to not screen the pool area. The full intensity of the sun is enjoyed on the pool deck and is only broken by frequent dips in the cool water! The upstairs guests have direct access to the pool as well. Just walk out to the lanai and down the spiral staircase and into the pool area. Let’s not forget the Master Suite access through the Master Bathroom. Yes, I guess you can say that life around the pool was a central part of our design!

We love sitting atop the boat house and watching life on the lake. Water-skiers, fishermen, swimmers, and the flora and fauna that can only be enjoyed by the lake. It's also a favorite place to sit and dream while watching a dark starry sky.

What makes this house unique

We do enjoy watching movies. Lots of movies! When we were planning our theater room the Projection and Screen store told us to put up a large sheet and move the projector from front to back and determine from experimentation the screen size that we preferred. Dee and our daughter, Audra, were busy and unable to take part in the exercise. That left the boys and I and maybe that was not a good idea. We ended up deciding that “bigger was better” and chose to go with a screen that goes from wall to wall! We hope you enjoy it as we have.

The upstairs Double-Loft serves as a video game area, a card playing area, exercise and dance area, the best place to watch the party below and, across the bridge, a secluded office and library with an impressive collection of literature. Both lofts have a great view of the pool and lake activities as well as the front drive.

Dee and I weren’t really crazy about jet tubs but we did enjoy relaxing in steam rooms, so we added that feature to our bathtub, a large custom tiled area that features a handmade stained glass window designed by Dee and a glass enclosure, two rain-showerheads and two spigots for filling the large tub. Just touch the button on the control, walk away for about 10 minutes and come back for a luxurious steam room experience!

Our lakefront has been kept more natural than most. Our family has enjoyed the presence of otters, ducks, coots, gallinules and other flora and fauna that exists in our area. We have maintained a small beach area that allows a clear access to the lake for both swimming and water skiing. The double boat house includes a roof deck for enjoying the lakeside activities of the day, the peaceful starlit nights and the calm, misty mornings that the lake can offer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Winter Haven in Polk County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Steam Room and custom tub and shower
    Marcus' Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Chris' Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Audra's Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Pool Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Access from Game room and Pool area
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Marcus' Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Upstairs, Lakeside with Lanai
    Audra's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Downstairs. Walk through closet to bathroom
    Guestroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Downstairs. Shares Audra's bathroom via hallway.
    Chris' Bedroom - 2 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 Double beds and Small Futon. 5 adults or 6 children
    Wherever - 2 Large Double Bed , We keep two inflatables in the linen closet
    Theater Room - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Two Double Futons. Sleeps four in a pinch.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Spacious Lake House with, Heated Pool, 5 bedroom, Theater Room, Chain of Lakes
average rating of 4.806452 based on 31 reviews

Best place in winter haven.

  • 5 of 5

Eric and Dee are the best and their house is top shelf. Can't beat it.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Home

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Loved the kitchen and cooking for my family. My boys enjoyed the pool and fishing.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandi, Thanks for taking the time to offer a review, though we noticed it was only 4 star. What could be done to earn 5 stars? Eric and Dee
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Beautiful home in a picturesque setting!

  • 4 of 5

We were in Winter Haven for my son's wedding. This was the perfect house for getting the family together before and after the various structured activities of a wedding week. The Lake House is located in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown Winter Haven but also convenient to many central Florida tourist attractions.

The open floor plan on the first floor is great for getting a larger group together while still providing many areas for smaller groups to get away and visit in the library and upstairs sitting area.

The pool and lake provide great locations to relax while taking in the view! The big Oak trees with the Spanish moss were little communities of their own with squirrels and a wide variety of birds. We really appreciated having the use of the 2 person kayak to paddle around the lake! You can also paddle or walk to the other lakes in the area. We spent some time photographing the Ospreys feeding their young in a nest atop a dead tree at the end of the canal connecting Lake LuLu and Lake Eloise! Beautiful!

The beds were comfortable and the kitchen had plenty of dishes and any pots/pans and utensils you might need! The beds and the kitchen are two of the most important aspects of a house for me when I'm looking for a place to take my family! There were lots of towels and also pool towels available. The pool was clean and inviting!

Eric was easy to deal with and he even accomidated us extending our stay a couple of days so we could enjoy a little R&R after all of our wedding activities had concluded!

I would defiantly stay at this house again ad would recommend it to friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved Our Stay

  • 5 of 5

This house was absolutely perfect for us and the other four families we shared it with especially for the location. Very spacious and extremely clean. I did like the fact that there were extra things in the garage to use such as a Kayak, pool toys, grill, extra table and chairs. The group is planning on renting it again because we had so much fun. There were a few minor issues, but Eric and Dee did return my texts and tried to address those issues. We could not get the entertainment system to work or the TV in the theater area and one in a bedroom. Not too concerned about the movie screen, but definitely feel the TV in that common area should work. You do need to have your own accounts for the Netflix, Amazon, etc. TV is really not necessary when you are on vacation, so it was not a huge deal. I would recommend this house as a rental.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shelly and crew, Thanks for the great review. So sorry the theater room entertainment system malfunctioned. I think maybe it is just a little too complex for a rental situation. The parts for a simpler but less capable system are arriving soon. We will also reprogram the TVs with our Netflix account for future renters. See you next year! Eric and Dee
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Wonderful house in a lovely setting--needs TLC

  • 3 of 5

Our week in Winter Haven was wonderful, full of little adventures and family bonding. With 10 of us there was plenty of room for everyone and a great dining area that fit us all. But there were problems with the house. We stayed there for a week in July 2014 and were deeply impressed. A few problems (pool and entertainment center) but we worked around them. This year the entertainment projector system didn't work at all in spite of numerous calls to the lady who was to be our contact. On our first call to her she said she was leaving town for a week. Pool was a deep green and not usable. The dock badly needed repair and was declared off limits by the family. Bulbs burned out, switches that didn't work, front door combination that didn't work, all made for a less than perfect week.

But we still had a great week and problems were such that we didn't suffer. But a little TLC would have gone a long way. The guest book also told that some problems have been chronic in the last years. Still, the price was right, less than most similar facilities, so we balance that with the our complaints and came home happy.

We did a boat rental through the chain of lakes which was great until the PM storms hit. Advise to get a morning rental in Florida summers. A trip to Fantasy of Flight on Thursday was frustrating, finding it is only open Friday through Sunday, 11 to 3. Bok Tower was as gorgeous as ever with a carillon concert at 1 & 3.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family time at the lakehouse

  • 5 of 5

The entire rental process was handled professionally from beginning to end.

The house itself is fantastic. It's very spacious and well appointed.

The property is large and very functional, providing many hours of great family time between the lake and the pool.

5 stars all the way! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bok Tower Gardens
Chalet Suzanne Country Inn & Restaurant -- CLOSED
"Okay, so we own the place, it's still the finest food around! We are 3rd generation owners w..."
Fantasy of Flight
Lake Kissimmee State Park
Sun 'n Fun Fly In Inc
Lake Myrtle Sports Park
Walt Disney World Resort
The Holy Land Experience
Universal Studios Florida
Stallion 51 Corporation
Alligator Cove Airboat Nature Tours
LeadFeather Guns & Archery
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
About equidistant between Orlando or Tampa Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Ashton
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Seaboard Coastline
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 27
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
St Petersburg Beach
Car: necessary

Location, Location... Only minutes away from Legoland Florida by either Boat or Car, you can also explore over 120 miles of shoreline through the Winter Haven Chain of 16 Lakes (up to 26 lakes once the lock is completed.), with access to shops, restaurants, theaters, bars, etc.

The Winter Haven Chain has been listed by CNN Travel and Leisure as one of the 'Top Ten Lake Vacations in the US'.

Only steps away from the nation's top Wakeboard Coach, Dave Briscoe's Ride Center, where you might learn a new art or hone your already developed skills of wakeboarding and waterskiing.

This part of Central Florida is Aviation Central, home to Fantasy of Flight Museum and aviation experience, Sun ‘n Fun Museum and Fly In, Tailwheels Etc. Flight School and Biplane Rides, Jump Florida Skydiving and Florida Skydive Center. If Seaplanes are your passion, stay at The Lake House and enjoy a short flight to Jack Brown's Seaplane Base, which is just across town, to learn to fly or to add another rating.

For evening seafood, Harry's Old Place is very popular. We also enjoy the lunchtime cooking of Chef TT at the Saltwater Grill, across the street from Legoland. For Italian fine dining visit Arrabella's in downtown Winter Haven or L'incontro in Lake Wales. For affordable steaks, go to Norby's in Lake Wales, or Manny's Chop House in Lake Wales or Winter Haven.

Andy's Igloo is a great old fashioned diner with good food and ice cream floats. If you're out boating on the chain of lakes go by Tanner's Harborside restaurant on Lake Shipp. Sonny's or Shack's are both great place for barbeque and very family friendly with their 'Family Feasts' that will take care of the whole household.

This part of Florida offers so much for families to experience. For more opportunities explore our area online.

Thank you for considering us as your Travel Headquarters for your central Florida Vacation


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Winter Haven, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £193.26
Refundable Damage Deposit £231.91
Property Damage Protection £76.53
Tax Rate 12.0%

- Please no parties or events without prior approval.
- Pool heat is available but is charged based on your fuel usage. The fuel usage can be rather high, especially if you choose a high temperature and decide not to keep the cover on the pool. We have seen fees ranging from as low as $10 per day up to $150 per day. We will invoice you separately for this amount after your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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