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Lakeland Historic District. Close to Sorosis Bldg. FL Southern, SEU, Lake Morton

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Charming 500 sq. ft.1920 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” flat screen HD TV, HD DVD player, free cable and 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. Free housekeeping is provided on stays of one week or longer.

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.

More Details

Kelly Bare
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

About Kelly Bare

Hello. I am Kelly and that is my lovely wife Sharman and our Jack Russell 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 Lakeland

We absolutely love our 1917 house and property. 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
  • 1 of 6


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:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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 with base cabinet, wall medicine cabinet with mirror, smooth, easy-care 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. Bed has storage drawers underneath. Iron & ironing board provided. IKEA storage unit for clothing with hangars, pants/slacks hanging area and shelves. Dresser with jewelry drawer and mirror. Clothes hamper. Full length mirror. Two opening windows with pull-down shades. Dedicated heat & AC unit in bedroom. Original varnished wood floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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 of one week or longer. Private laundry / storage room for exclusive use of our guests.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Lakeland Historic District. Close to Sorosis Bldg. FL Southern, SEU, Lake Morton
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 21 reviews

We recommend it.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our month stay very much. The apartment was very clean and the owners keep it that way the month we were there. It was close to the lakes and many nice restaurant. The owners want you to enjoy your stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your recommendation. We strive to make our guesthouse the most enjoyable place to stay in Lakeland and are thrilled that you were pleased. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and conversing with you and hope to see you again.
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Excellent place , we enjoyed it tremendously

  • 5 of 5

Just as described , and Kelly is a great host

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we stepped onto the property to the moment we left everything was on point. We, my daughter, her finance and myself, booked the Historical District Guesthouse while visiting for my nieces wedding and I wouldn't have done it any other way.

Upon arrival Kelly (Bare) escorted us around the property and to our private parking space and entrance. The 1 bedroom apartment was the perfect size and was beautifully decorated and the courtyard (w/hot tub) was tranquil and quiet. Having the hot tub waiting for use after a long day experiencing Harry Potter at Universal was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

The service – From my first email to check out, Kelly and his wife made themselves available and were very accommodating to all of our needs.

I would absolutely recommend to friends and family this wonderful oasis getaway and will in fact be going back again. Top notch location and great atmosphere. Downtown Lakeland’s local shops were a nice change from a big city and having the lake 1 block away made for an enjoyable walk (with the swans). The Guesthouse was just far enough away from the commercialism of Universal and Disney but close enough (15 mins) to drive and enjoy the parks.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't be better

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for two, well designed and equipped, spotless and nicely decorated. Rental includes access to laundry downstairs, two bikes and the garden, including hot tub, gas/charcoal grill and outdoor dining table. Our hosts were friendly, generous, helpful and responsive. Great location close to down town and several beautiful lakes with waking &biking paths circling them.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Negaunee, MI, Naples Fl

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I rented this unit for a week to explore the Lakeland area, the unit was clean, well maintained and well depicted by the photo's. The Bare's are wonderful hosts and are eager to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The backyard oasis is beautiful and provides a great outdoor living space to relax and unwind. The unit is very comfortable and has all the comforts of home. The location is hard to beat from walking downtown to walking for miles around the nearby lakes. We had a great time exploring the area walking and biking around the city and enjoyed going downtown to eat in one of the many upscale restaurants. The Saturday morning farmers market downtown is a great way to see what the locals have to offer. We would certainly recommend this property to anyone interested in seeing and exploring all that Lakeland has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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College drop-off

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was a perfect "home base" for bringing our daughter to Lakeland for her first year of college. Close to Florida Southern, close to downtown, close to the last minute shopping for all those items first-timers dont realize the've forgotten. Kelly was a delightful host, the place was spotless and the power stayed on during a ferocious thunderstorm.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • 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 world-class restaurants, entertainment, the farmers market, Paint Along Studio, food truck rallies and more.

Be sure to 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. Pilots, get your seaplane rating at nearby Brown’s Seaplane base.

For baseball fans, the Detroit Tigers Winter Headquarters for Spring Training is at 'Tiger Town' Joker Marchant Stadium just 4 miles away. Like festivals? Visit Plant City, for the Strawberry Festival, just 17 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

Prices for this holiday apartment in East Lake Morton, Central Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
10 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £242

Two (2) night minimum stay. Deposit (25%) may be paid by credit card: Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or PayPal. Balance (75%) due online with VRBO.com or at check-in. Balance may be paid by cash at time of check-in to receive a 3% discount or by credit card-Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or PayPal (NO DISCOUNT)

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