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Near Downtown Lakeland, FSC, FSU, RP Funding Center, Hot Tub, No Cleaning Fee

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Charming, 500 sq. ft.1920 second floor guesthouse. One bedroom with queen size bed. One bathroom and dining-living area. Comfortably accommodates 4 people. Full size sofa bed in living room. Modern fully equipped kitchen. 48” LED flat screen HDTV, HD DVD player, Amazon Firestick with Amazon Prime & Netflix, free WIFI.

Private fenced courtyard with hot tub, grille, table and chairs for outdoor dining. Bicycles and private laundry/storage room are free for guests.

All linens, towels, blankets, kitchen essentials, basic toiletries, hair dryer, iron and ironing board provided.

No cleaning fee. Weekly housekeeping provided on stays of over one week.

We are a short walk to FL Southern College and downtown Lakeland and a short drive to SEU and Lakeland Airport. Ideally situated between Tampa and Orlando with easy access to Disney World, Universal Studios, Bok Tower, Busch Gardens, Legoland, etc.

House Rules:

>No smoking

>No pets

>Not suitable for children (0-12 years) Due to hot tub and outdoor stairs

>No parties or events

>The courtyard and hot tub is available until 11 PM (12 PM weekends)

>No additional overnight guests beyond what is agreed to

More Details

Kelly Bare
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2018

About Kelly Bare

Hello. I am Kelly and that is my lovely wife Sharman and our Jack Russell / Rat Terrier Mick with our 1948 Cessna 140 aircraft. I am a retired aircraft accident investigator and active private pilot. Sharman is a retired legal assistant. Originally from Chicago, Illinois we moved to Florida over 20 years ago. We are very active, love adventure, travel and meeting new people.

Kelly Bare purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Kelly Bare chose East Lake Morton

We love our 1917 house and guesthouse. Especially our courtyard...our little slice of paradise. Quiet, private, and relaxing. The East Lake Morton Historic District neighborhood is a central Florida gem located between Orlando & Tampa... A beautiful, cosmopolitan little city with many events and activities to offer, but still a respite from the noise and congestion of Orlando & Tampa.

What makes this apartment unique

During our travels throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico we have stayed at many a B & B, cottage, apartment. Thus we have first-hand experience in knowing what tourists desire in a place to stay away from home. We strive to make our guesthouse comfortable, clean, quiet and a fun place to stay. We are always willing to do whatever is required to make our guests stay pleasant. We also provide a separate laundry/storage room with washer and dryer and space for luggage, bicycles, fishing gear, etc. We offer free use of bicycles, spa and summer kitchen for our guests as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We very much enjoyed our stay here! Thank you so much!
Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in East Lake Morton in Lakeland

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Efficient bathroom. Freshly renovated with all new fixtures. European porcelain sink, medicine cabinet with mirror, smooth, modern walk-in fiberglass shower. Good lighting and exhaust fan. Hair dryer and basic toiletries (liquid hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion) towels, hand cloths and wash cloths provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size -Sleeps 2
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - Full size - Sleeps 2
  • Freshly renovated bedroom with new Queen size bed and new firm mattress, new pillows and linens. Storage drawers under bed. Iron & ironing board provided. Storage area for clothing with hangars, pants/slacks hanging area and shelves. Dresser with jewelry drawer and mirror. Clothes hamper. Full length mirror. Opening windows with pull-down shades. Dedicated heat & AC unit in bedroom. Original varnished wood floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Weekly housekeeping included with stays over one week.


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Near Downtown Lakeland, FSC, FSU, RP Funding Center, Hot Tub, No Cleaning Fee
average rating of 4.96 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Kelly was so wonderful and made us feel at home. My husband and our two girls stayed while attending our other daughter's graduation from FSC. The courtyard is so beautiful that our daughter picked it to have her graduation pictures taken in. We cooked all of our own meals and had a graduation celebration to remember for ever. We felt more like family than renters. The cottage is beautiful and they have thought of everything. We had everything that we needed. We would highly recommend this beautiful little piece of heaven to anyone visiting the Lakeland area. Only a short walk to the beautiful lake. If we could give it more than 5 stars we would.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you kind review, Mary Ann. It was such a pleasure meeting you and your lovely family and we are happy you enjoyed your stay.
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Battleford, SK

Perfect place for enjoying sun n fun

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved Kelly and Sharman’s rental. Great place to launch from to enjoy sun n fun. Lakeland is a great city and the area we were in was beautiful. We will definitely consider this rental again!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is a wonderful retreat, far better than a hotel!!

  • 5 of 5

Kelly and Sharman were wonderful hosts! The property is extremely comfortable with everything you might need to stay in and cook if you desire, and close enought to many great places to eat if you choose to get out. The courtyard is beautiful and a great spot to sit and relax after a busy day. Enjoyed a nice bike ride around the lakes with the bike Kelly provided and was close to the FSC where I was visiting my daughter. Would stay here every time I come to Lakeland and far better than any hotel stay I have had. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic apartment in the heart of Lakeland!

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad we found this wonderful and unique getaway spot. The apartment is so special and nicely decorated. You get the immediate feeling of home as soon as you enter the unit. And, Kelly and Sharman are wonderful hosts. We did not get to use the hot tub while there, but Kelly had it ready when we arrived. We'll make sure to partake on our next visit, and we will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at this lovely guesthouse for 5 days and have nothing but good to say about it. The courtyard is lovely, and as gardener myself, I loved all its nuances. It was so hot while we were there that we didn't use the hot tub, but it is private and surrounded by the beautiful courtyard garden. The guesthouse is small, but so well designed and beautifully decorated and appointed. Thanks so much for the wonderful stay!! Highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coming back, I'm sure!

  • 5 of 5

So happy we found Kelly's guesthouse! We needed a spot close to my in-laws in Auburndale (Mother-in-law is battling cancer). The guesthouse is simply delightful! I can't say enough about how clean it is!!!! And Kelly's attention to detail is impeccable! He and his wife have thought of everything! Even graciously let us plug in our Tesla for an overnight charge.

Sure hope this little gem is available for our return trips to Lakeland.

Thanks Kelly!

Donna Linski


  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Red Door
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Cleveland Heights Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Amtrak, Downtown Lakeland
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
U.S. Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Red Door
Nearest Beach
58 Miles
Clearwater Beach
Car: necessary

Lakeland is a great place to kick back & enjoy excellent restaurants, entertainment, the farmers market, food truck rallies and more.

Visit the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures located at the Florida Southern College campus.

Take in a play or movie at the historic 1920’s Polk theatre. Walk, bicycle or roller skate around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth, just a few blocks South.

Check out world-class entertainment at the Lakeland Center or play golf on one of the 30+ golf courses in Lakeland. Aviation buffs will want to visit Lakeland Linder Regional Airport - Home of the Sun-N-Fun Fly In, the second largest in the U.S., just 5 miles away.

Visit the aviation museum at the airport or the art museum downtown.

For baseball fans, the Detroit Tigers Winter Headquarters for Spring Training is at Joker Marchant Stadium just 4 miles away. 
Both I-4 and the Polk Parkway are close by and provide easy access to Orlando/Disney area attractions (50 miles/45 minutes) Tampa attractions (40 miles/35 minutes) gulf beaches (the BEST in the world!) sports action and Ybor City night life.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £226.11

Two (2) night minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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