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Hakuna Ma’cottage, 3 Miles From Magic! Southern Facing Pool And Privacy Fence!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,754 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9, southern pool, privacy fence, spotless

Hakuna Ma'Cottage is a beautiful vacation rental home 5 minutes from Walt Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, including 2 master suites. This spacious villa sleeps 8 people in total comfort. The functional floorplan boasts a bright, open living area with a separate dining area and kitchen. The huge, southern facing swimming pool sits on an oversized pool deck surrounded by a screen enclosure and privacy fence. No vacation home is complete without a game room and this one is no exception, featuring both a pool table and air hockey table. Let’s explore all the amenities in more detail!

For many park goers, location is one of the most important factors, and you can’t beat this location! Hakuna M’Cottage is located in the beautiful community of Indian Creek, which is under 3 miles from the Walt Disney World property, or about a 5-minute drive. Many properties claim this, but map it for yourself and see! Indian Creek is one of the closest communities to Disney World. Indian Creek is about a 20-minute drive to both Universal Studios and Sea World. Below are the driving times to other destinations:

Distances to Common Attractions and Amenities (plotted on Google Maps)

• Disney World - 5 minutes

• Universal Studios - 20 minutes

• SeaWorld Orlando - 20 minutes

• Gatorland - 22 minutes

• LEGOLAND - 45 minutes

• Busch Gardens Tampa - 1 hour 5 minutes

• Kennedy Space Center - 1 hour 10 minutes

• Cocoa Beach - 1 hour 20 minutes

• Clearwater Beach - 1 hour 45 minutes

• Closest Grocery Store - 4 minutes

• Closest Restaurant - 4 minutes

• Dozens of other restaurants within 5 minutes

• Closest Walmart (open 24 hours) - 15 minutes

In addition to a great location, Indian Creek contains 2 playgrounds, a basketball court, a tennis court, a putting green, a soccer field and a jogging trail. All are free for residents to use.

After location, one of the most commonly prized amenities is the pool, and Hakuna Ma’Cottage has a great one! This truly oversized pool deck offers plenty of room to relax around this huge southern facing pool. No walking out of the house and falling into the pool here! Don’t take our word for it, check it out on Google Earth and see the size and orientation compared to other houses. A southern facing pool is desirable for the most sunshine on the pool throughout the day, but if it gets too hot, sip on a drink at the table and chairs located in the covered lanai. Of the 3 exits from the house into the lanai, one is directly across the hall from the shared bathroom, so no need to walk through the house with wet feet when nature calls. Make use of our ample wall-mounted bathing suit and towel hangers located in the covered lanai, so your wet swimwear and towels can stay outside even if it rains. The screen enclosure covering the pool deck keeps out the bugs and lizards, while the privacy fence keeps out the prying eyes of neighbors. If you have little ones, the pool alarms on all doors and the removable toddler fence provide a safer and more relaxing experience for all. If you are visiting in the cooler months, pool heat is available for an additional charge.

The inside of this villa is just as spectacular as the outside. The thoughtful floor plan gives a bright, open airy space to the living area while offering convenient separation of the dining and kitchen areas. The living room has vaulted ceilings for that spacious feel and the French doors to the pool deck and large window above provide plenty of light. The movie which conjured the Hakuna Ma’Cottage name also provided the spark for the “African inspired” décor in the living area. No worries though, all the modern conveniences are here! There is 50-inch wall mounted flat screen TV with free cable as well as a wall-mounted entertainment shelf housing the Microsoft Xbox One along with a collection of movies and games to enjoy. Of course there is also complimentary high speed wireless internet and free calling throughout the US and Canada. The entry space of the house also has a wireless printer which works with NFC and WiFi, so you can print those boarding passes or maps right from your smart phone or tablet!

Off the living area to the left is the king bedroom suite. Stretch out in comfort on the king sized bed and relax with your own flat screen TV and Blu-ray player or step out to the lanai through your own French doors. The king bathroom features a huge garden tub as well as a 6-foot shower stall. The walk-in closet provides plenty of space for clothes. Know your valuables are secure in the hotel-style safe located in the king suite closet. On the right side of the house is the queen bedroom suite and the hallway leading to the two shared bath bedrooms. The queen bedroom suite features a queen-sized bed and has its own flat screen TV and a private full bathroom with a tub shower. There is a bunkbed room and twin bedroom which share a full bathroom with a tub shower. The bunkbed room has a twin over full bunkbed and a pull-out trundle under the bunkbed with a second twin mattress. The bunk bed room could sleep 4 persons. The twin bedroom has two twin beds and is decorated with a Minecraft theme. I know, Minecraft has nothing to do with Disney, but our kids love Minecraft!

One of the best features of this floorplan is that it is open, but the kitchen and dining room both have a feeling of separation from the living area. That means no navigating around crowded furniture that isn’t quite in the living area and not quite in the dining area. The dining area features a roomy table with seating for six. The “African themed” place settings are complimented by a full set of Disney dishes and finished off with the “Be Our Guest” wine glasses. The kitchen has a breakfast nook with seating for three in front of a large bay window, so you can enjoy the beautiful Florida morning sun. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker and side-by-side fridge with filtered water and an ice maker. All the cookware, dishes and utensils you need are there including plastic dishes and glasses if you want to eat or enjoy a drink on the lanai. See how many Disney cooking utensils and accessories you can count! Take a look in the freezer and you’ll find our frozen plastic beer mugs, which are perfect for the pool on a hot day.

No vacation home would be complete without a game room. Hakuna Ma’Cottage has a garage converted to a game room featuring a pool table and air hockey table. The laundry units are also located in the game room as well as other items for your convenience, such as an ironing board, a Graco DuoGlider stroller, a smaller umbrella stroller and a high chair. There is also a pack and play located in the house. We love families and children, so if there is something missing that you need for your baby, toddler, children or family, let us know and chances are we will purchase it for the house. We recently added the DuoGlider at the request of a guest.

The final amenity of the Hakuna Ma’Cottage villa that you should consider, is the dedicated new owners! We purchased this lovely home in January of 2015. It was in need of a bit of TLC, but we are dedicated to making it great again! The values we prize are cleanliness, a well maintained house, a bright and cheery feeling and of course, fun! Below is a list of some of the upgrades we have done in the last year or so.

Spring of 2015

• Brand new A/C unit and furnace installed

• Entire exterior of house patched and painted

• Toddler fence installed on lanai

• New 50 inch wall mounted flat screen TV installed

• New wall mounted entertainment center installed

Summer of 2015

• New decorations, area rugs and pictures added

• Movie and game library added

• All new carpet in all bedrooms (the rest of the house is ceramic tile)

• Table tennis (ping pong) table added to game room

• Refrigerator replaced with brand new side-by-side fridge with filtered water and an ice maker

• Pottery Barn bedding added to one of the twin bedrooms

• Full set of Disney dishes and wine glasses added

• New coffee maker, silverware, cookware, utensils and outdoor plastic dishes and glasses added

Fall of 2015

• New privacy fence installed around entire back yard and pool deck area

• New sod (grass) laid around entire back yard

Spring of 2016

• Tropical landscaping added to back yard

• Two new pool loungers added and new matching cushions for all outdoor furniture

• Upgraded the full bedroom to a queen bed with a premium pillow top mattress and a new quilt from The Company Store

• Upgraded one twin bedroom to a twin over full bunkbed with a pullout trundle under the bed with another twin mattress and a new matching dresser and new quilts for all beds from Pottery Barn

• Painted the queen bedroom, bunkbed room and twin bedroom with neutral colors and an accent wall using premium Sherwin Williams paints

• Added a hotel style safe in the master bedroom closet

Summer of 2016

• Decorated the twin bedroom with a Minecraft theme

• Added wall-mounted swimwear and pool towel hanging racks in the lanai

• Added a set of 8 frozen plastic beer mugs (in the freezer)

• Added ceiling fans to all bedrooms (except the bunk room)

• Added the beautiful light-up nighttime tiki garden

• Recovered the pool table

Fall of 2016

• Added Minecraft murals in twin bedroom

• Replaced ping pong table with air hockey

• Added a new light over pool table

• Added a Graco DuoGlider stroller

• Upgraded our gaming system to an Xbox One

We hope you like our house and enjoy a wonderful stay there! We also hope you see that we are dedicated owners who want to create and maintain a beautiful vacation home, not just for our family but for our guests as well. Remember, there are no worries when you stay at Hakuna Ma’Cottage!

Hakuna Matata!!!

More Details

Gerry Leco
Member since: 2016
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Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Gerry Leco

My wife and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We have two wonderful boys (currently age 8 and 10). We love to travel and have been all over the United States and a good bit of Europe with our two boys. They are veteran travelers! I have had the opportunity to travel around the US for business and have frequently taken my family. My mother is from the lovely country of Luxembourg, and still has close relatives there, so we have had the opportunity to explore many of the neighboring areas throughout Belgium, France and Germany. I can speak a little bit of French and a tiny bit of German. My brother spent about 8 years in England and I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit him in this most beautiful of countries on several occasions. Our family would rarely travel to the same destination repeatedly with the exception of Orlando (there is just so much to do!). A few years ago we traveled to Disney World with our family and 3 grand-parents (7 of us total). My wife had the brilliant idea to rent a vacation home and we all enjoyed it so much, we decided to look into purchasing our own. We did so well with our first vacation property, that this is our main business now. Our family usually enjoys one trip to our beautiful home in Orlando each year, and the rest of the year we rent it out for others to enjoy.

Gerry Leco purchased this villa in 2015

Why Gerry Leco chose Kissimmee

The 3 main things that drew us to this property were the openness of the living area, the functional layout of the rooms and the roominess of the expansive pool deck. We had other criteria as well, but the above features were exceptional. We love that the living area is bright and open when you enter the house. The floorplan feels open, but there is a nice separation of the kitchen and dining areas. Some houses are "too open", and the furniture from the dining area is creeping into the living area or blocking doors and walkways. We love having a pool deck that is large enough that you don't feel like you will fall in the pool when you step out of the house! The southern facing pool was a must have as well. When we looked at houses in the late afternoon that did not have southern facing pools, and we saw the pool and patio draped in shadow, we decided this was a must have! The fenced in backyard was not required by us, but we sure are glad we have it now! The increased sense of privacy is so welcome after staying in other house which look directly into several neighbor's houses. Try our home out and see for yourself!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Kissimmee in Osceola County

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1754 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • King Ensuite Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Queen Ensuite Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shared Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • King Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Twin Over Full Bunkbed Room - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , There is a trundle under the bed with a second twin mattress
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Queen Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
There is a hotel style safe in the master bedroom closet.


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Hakuna Ma’cottage, 3 Miles From Magic! Southern Facing Pool And Privacy Fence!
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 55 reviews

Perfect for Disney Parks

  • 5 of 5

Hakuna Ma'Cottage is a lovely, spacious house which is perfectly located for getting to and from the Disney theme parks. The residential estate is quiet and well kept. The pool is a good size and there is everything within the house that you could need whilst on holiday. The house could maybe benefit from a bit of updating, but that hasn't detracted in any way from our stay.

Gerry is great - he is so pleasant and quick to reply to any message.

I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat for a large family

  • 5 of 5

The villa was lovely and lots of little touches meant it was perfect. The pool was the highlight of our stay. Great villa made for a great few days.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Emma! Glad you liked the house. Come back and try one of our other houses next time!
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Love it!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful way to spend the winter months in this well maintained, clean home. Looking forward to next winter! The owners are great! Thank you Gerry & Cathy!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Marjorie! Glad we got to meet in person while I was in Florida with my family. See you again next year!
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Beautiful, spacious, lots to do

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at Hakuna ma'cottage. We had the best time. The house is as gorgeous as the photos. Clean, spacious. The pool is amazing. They have a game room perfect for adults and kids. We would definitely stay there again. We went to Disney, it's very close. I would've preferred staying at the house. Can't say enough wonderful things about it.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jaclyn! Glad to hear you had a nice break from the cold weather. Too bad about the Steelers...Go Pens!
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect for a visit to Disney. Everything you need to enjoy your stay. Pool was really warm and lots of pool floats. Would.rexommend!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janet! Glad to hear you had a good time. We hope you come back again!
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Perfect Christmas vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for a week over Christmas. The house accommodated the 8 of us nicely. The house was equipped with everything we needed including beach towels, extra blankets, movies and games for the kids. The house is clean, the kitchen was stocked with everything we needed, the pool was great to keep the kids entertained during down time. The location of the home is located near several different grocery stores and we had plenty of places to choose from for take-out!

Thank you Gerry and Cathy for sharing your home with us. You were so easy to work with and you made our vacation perfect. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jessica! We are happy we could help make your vacation wonderful! We are now in the process of buying our 4th house in the area, so we have plenty of options when you are ready to come back!
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Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.45
Damage Insurance £43.93

Pool heat is $25 per day in addition to the daily rate. Please let us know if you want pool heat for your stay and we will adjust the bill.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.