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True Whimsical Lakefront Getaway, You'll Want To Return Again & Again!

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Winter Garden - Lakefront Gem:Acres Of Nature

Private Lakefront Home: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Fireplace, Deck, Canoe, Giant Oaks

A quiet lakefront oasis conveniently located close to Central Florida's vacation mecca, but tucked away from the maddening crowds, this lovely property enjoys easy access to the Florida Turnpike, State Roads 50, 535, 417, 429, and 408 which get you quickly and easily (half-hour) to Disney, Universal, Sea World, I-Drive Attractions, Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach--all points north, east, south, and west.

Play the day away in Central Florida's vacation mecca, but rest, restore, and recuperate here! Located on picturesque Lake Johns, one of the area's best fishing lakes, this lovely family home is a mere mile from Oakland, famous for its ancient oaks, and moments from quaint, historic Winter Garden, with its array of shops and cafes, and home of the acclaimed Chef's Table*, The Garden Theatre, featuring live shows, including plays, dance and musical presentations, and classic movies**, a Saturday's Farmer Market*** and West Orange's famous rail-to-trail**** that connects Oakland and Winter Garden, all special extras. Walk, jog, run, bike, or skate from Oakland to downtown Winter Garden where shaded swings, ice cream shoppes, and sidewalk sipping spots await! Medical facilities, including hospital, golf, movie theaters, shopping villages and an array of restaurants make this beautiful and friendly community a can't-be-beat gem for vacationers or snow birds.

Turnkey Move In: This hideaway is fully furnished and tastefully decorated in a clean, traditional style. We provide linens, cookware, dishes and utensils. Utilities and services include: power, water, trash pickup, pest prevention, lawn care, WiFi Internet and cable TV.

The Home Features: Three Bedrooms, all with a flat-screen television and DVD player;

Master Bedroom with king bed, new memory foam mattress, new carpet, walk-in closet, private bathroom, flat-screen television and DVD player, and screened porch with lakefront view and rockers;

Second Bedroom with king bed, double closet, new carpet, flat-screen TV and DVD player, wood-shuttered windows open to lakefront;

Third Bedroom has day bed with additional pull-out bottom bed, sleeps two and adjoins sitting room;

Sitting room has flat-screen television and DVD player and opens onto lakefront deck that is perfect for sipping your favorite beverage while watching dazzling winter sun

sets, a dark-sky star field, or migratory bird visitors;

A fully-equipped, remodeled kitchen with breakfast nook;

A separate dining room;

A living/TV room with flat screen HDTV and DVD player; massage recliners and fireplace;

Ceiling fans throughout home;

Washer and dryer in laundry room off kitchen;

Two-vehicle carport;

Canoe, paddles, life vests;

Historic live oaks, with swings.

Lake John Circle is an intimate neighborhood in West Orange County that sits on a beautiful north shore cove of Lake John, one of Central Florida's loveliest lakes.

No Smoking and no Pets. This our family home and ask that you treat it with respect and care.

Remember that this is wild Florida and that any animals that you find are wild as well. Please do not approach or touch any of the wildlife.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered

Dee Rivers-Yowell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
7 July, 2016
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About Dee Rivers-Yowell

This property has been owned and occupied and lovingly cared for by the same family since the 1930s. The current home, built in 1957, replaced the family's original Florida Cracker home, which was claimed by the state when the Florida Turnpike was constructed.

Dee Rivers-Yowell purchased this house in 1957

Why Dee Rivers-Yowell chose Disney / Orlando

In the midst of Central Florida's enormous development over the last four decades, every now and then one comes upon a place of peace reminiscent of Old Florida. This property is one of those, sitting beneath an ancient Heritage Oak, thousands of years old and on a cove once occupied by the area's Native Americans. In fact, in the 1980s, during a drought, a dug-out canoe, a thousand years old, was found along the shore in front of the house. It can be seen at the Orange County Historical Museum. From the deck, sunsets are breath-taking, and the nocturnal chorus from the lake's occupants is wonderful: frogs of many species, crickets, even bull gators. Away from light pollution, the night sky is a beautiful starry canopy, and breezes in the treetops is a lullaby.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location: where easy access to everything meets the peace of natural Florida.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

True Whimsical Lakefront Getaway, You'll Want To Return Again & Again!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Southaven , Ms 38672

Pure Joy and Peace- More than exceded our expectations!!

  • 5 of 5

We were able to meet Dee (the owner) at check in and received the grand tour of the wonderful and functional family home. She was so gracious and gave us the generational family history of the property. The home, lake, sunsets and birds and other delightful critters did not live up to her promise--- IT WAS BETTER and BETTER!!!! Even the day of rain was lovely!

My husband loved sketching the old oak trees and surrounding scenery. A great retreat and easy and close drives to ALL the tourist attractions!

We totally fell in love with the place and the area! Dee wanted us to feel "at Home" and we did!! WE Will be back!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Libby, Thank you so much for your kind remarks. It means so much to know that your time at my home was all that you wanted and needed. It is delightful having y'all as the newest members of the "lake house family," and your return will be welcomed.
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Beautiful home and property

  • 5 of 5

We have family in the Orlando area and rented this lovely home during the holidays. It was far more than we ever expected and a wonderful stay. Dee is so gracious and she even had the home decorated with her Christmas decor. We had a couple of family events there and took a family picture of all of us around the swing under the awesome oak tree. A special home and property! Loved our stay and hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, Thank you for your kind words. I am delighted that y'all enjoyed your time at the lake house, especially during the special holiday season. May the new year bring you and yours happiness, health, and prosperity. Sincerely, Dee
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Just What We Needed & More

  • 5 of 5

We were building a home and needed a place to stay for a few months as we waited on the completion of the construction. This home was wonderful. It is fully equipped with everything you would need for a short or long stay plus extras. The house is not at all small, but still has a very cozy, inviting feel. Each room has a beautiful view of the lake and the amazing old oak trees which surround the property. It is very close to the town of Winter Garden as well as a turnpike access to get you anywhere else quickly, but still feels a bit remote and secluded. The owner is sweet, accommodating, and very easy to work with. We would definitely recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and for taking such excellent care of my home. You were wonderful tenants. Sincerely, Dee
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The Lake House is truly a "magical place".

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for a quiet, restful place near friends we wanted to visit and the Atlantic beaches.

Our stay at the lake house met all of our expectations and more. We had a great time. It did indeed feel like our home away from home. We enjoyed coffee on the patio in the mornings as all kinds of birds and wildlife visited the area.

The quaint village of Winter Garden with some fine cafes and antique shops was an added bonus.

We have already booked our stay for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The lake house awaits your arrival this September. It already recognizes y'all as part of its extended family! Thank you for sharing your experience, hope all is well with you and yours until we meet again in the near future. : ) Dee
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Saratoga, Wyoming

A Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Although it was raining when we arrived, our host proceeded to not only help us get acquainted with the house but also gave us a wonderful tour of old Winter Garden and the surrounding area. It didn't take long for us feel right at home both inside and outside. The large oak trees (complete with Spanish moss), the fruit trees and the beautiful flowers certainly compliment the comfortable home and helped us enjoy this winter vacation. Having already spent a month at an Orlando timeshare, being in a quite and peaceful location was just what we were looking for. Of course all of the local wildlife which accompanies living on a lake was another pleasant benefit and we were able to see many local birds, squirrels, and the occasional "gator" in the lake. The neighbors that we met were very nice and helpful whenever we needed anything.

The house was as good if not better than described and the setting was both serene and beautiful. We extended our visit another week and would have stayed longer if we could have. After staying for about 40 days we still had things that we wanted to do (some of which were repeats) like the farmer's market, evenings in old Winter Garden, eating out at the many local restaurants, and sight seeing in the area.

In summary this became our favorite winter home away from home and we are looking forward to returning for a longer stay next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The lake house and I look forward to your third return in January. The sand hill cranes mourned your departure, so used to they to your spoiling them! Hope the months until your return are filled with good health and happiness. : ) Dee
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A Wonderful Place to Spend Winter

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent January & February of 2013 in this beautiful home. It was very quiet and private and the back porch looks out over beautiful Lake Johns. We sat with our coffee in the mornings just looking at the lake and watching the abundance of wildlife. The house is very clean and well maintained and the pictures shown denote the wonderful surroundings. The owner or the caretaker were always available to answer any questions or concerns. The best feature is your feeling of being out in a very private setting, yet shopping and many other attractions are just a short trip away from home. It is also conveniently located to major turnpikes and freeways. We especially loved historic "Old Winter Garden" just a few blocks away. There were many quaint little shops and a lot of nice restaurants and cafes to visit. We were especially fond of the "Moon Cricket Café." Around 8:00 p.m. every evening, you could enjoy the "fireworks" Disney displays because they could be seen directly through the back patio doors. We loved being there and would recommend it as a "great" place to winter or as a convenient place to stay any time of year as it is close to Disney and many other attractions in Florida because the house is so centrally located.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28.16 Miles
Orlando International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Bistro 24
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Stonybrook West
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
SR50 and FL Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
5 Guys,LongHorn's,PizzaHut,MoonCricket,Chili's ++
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Cocoa, Daytona, New Smyrna, Canaveral, Melbourne
Car: necessary

In addition to the well-known, nearby theme parks, Lakeridge Winery is just moments away in nearby Clermont and offers tours and special events; an hour north is Ocala and Marion County--serious horse country;

the Oakland Preserve (ten minutes) provides a boardwalk excursion through a wonderful wilderness reserve; several natural spring runs are 45 minutes close, offering awesome canoe adventure through unspoiled forests; Ocala National Forest with great fishing and endless trails is less than two hours North. The Lake House is also perfectly situated to visit some of the areas older, wonderful attractions, such as Weeki Wachee Springs and its famous mermaids, and Brooksville Famous Flea Market. See the Worlds, but there is so much more to Central Florida to discover and love. The Lake House is perfectly situated to see it all.


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Winter Garden in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private Master - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large walk-in shower, new textured walls
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Lovely original tile, circa 1958
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , New memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Memory foam topper
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Daybed with pullout, sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
This our family home and ask that you treat it with respect and care. Great effort has been made to create a place of peace and pleasure for our guests. Remember that this is wild Florida and that any animals that you find are wild as well. Please do not approach or touch any of the wildlife, either on land or in the water. Obviously, this doesn't apply to pulling in a great fish catch! Disclaimer: We do not allow swimming from any point of the lake house property, as Lake Johns, while an excellent fishing and boating lake, and people do ski, it is also home to native Florida aquatic animals that could pose a threat to people. Therefore, if our guests chose to swim elsewhere on the lake, they do so at their own risks and the owner of 16200 Lake Johns Circle, 34787, will in no way be held responsible for any injury sustained by guests who choose to swim elsewhere in the lake.

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