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We would love to hear all about your stay - what you loved, what we could improve on and if you have any tips or "must-do's" for future vacationers to My Florida Dream Haven and the Orlando area.



First off thank you Claire for the ease and help with booking your lovely home. This was my 5th visit to Florida and my family's first and I wanted it to be special and this place made it just that. This is by far the best villa I have stayed in and is equipped with everything you need and then some. From hair dryers to pool tables this house has it all and is immaculate.
The place is huge with entertainment and relaxation around every corner.
My two young boys (8 and 5) loved the air hockey, pool table and table football and not to mention the pool which we all couldn't get enough of.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone thinking of coming to Florida to visit the theme parks or not, as it is far enough away from the mouse to get some sanity back and relax and close enough to lose it all again tomorrow with all the wild rides which the parks have on offer!

And when relaxing by the pool don't be surprised if you have some of the locals take an interest, with tortoises, raccoons, snakes and large birds all spotted from poolside!!

The villa is very private and secluded as it's situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and I would say you would rarely see anybody else other than maybe Mr Raccoon.

All conveniences are close by Publix supermarket, various restaurants and take aways and a petrol station.

Will certainly hope to return here soon, thank you again Claire from Pete, Katie, Ty and Zach.

Pete Dowding, 

Absolutely first class everything we hoped for in stunning location!!

It was my 7th visit to Orlando my 1st to a villa. I will never stay in a hotel again. The villa was exactly as the pictures show in an excellent end of cul-de-sac setting. We seen lots of wild life while sitting round the pool. We saw deer an otter several turtles. Inside the villa is huge though we only ever sat round the pool. Everything we needed was already there and we will definitely look to go back in the future.

Many thanks Claire I would highly recommend your villa to anyone they will not be disappointed. Many thanks

Rob M, 

We stayed at the Florida Dream Haven for 7 nights over our spring break in 2017. Our group was made up of my family and my brother's family which consisted of 4 adults and 6 kids. It was truly an amazing vacation.
The house is exactly as described. Everything was very well kept and spotless. The management company obviously does a great job cleaning and the pool was even checked out as a routine inspection during our stay. We were especially impressed with the pool area which is where we spent the majority of our time. The pool/pool deck and privacy of the outdoor space was one of the biggest draws of this property. The pool was much larger than we anticipated and the pool deck had ample room for all 10 of us. Being the last house at the end of the cul-de-sac we rarely saw anyone and felt like we had our very own corner of paradise.
This being our very first vacation as a family with young children, we were a bit nervous and unsure of what to expect. Claire was fantastic about answering all of our questions promptly and very thoroughly. She was great to work with and responded in a very timely manner with extensive answers related to the house and the surrounding area. I was very impressed with her communication and she made me feel like she truly cared about the quality of our vacation. It is obvious she takes pride in their home. In terms of restaurants we didn't eat out a lot.
We ordered Papa Johns pizza twice, but otherwise bought groceries from the Publix (under 10 minutes) and the nearest Walmart (about a 15 minute drive). We found the Publix to actually have better prices on many items because of sales which we were surprised by. If you are looking for souvenirs the Walmart did have a really nice selection of all sorts of Florida and Disney items at prices MUCH lower than the theme parks.
Overall, the house had everything we could have possibly wanted and more! Watersong Resort is a beautiful, quiet gated community which made us feel safe and secure. The location is perfect - close enough to the fun and excitement, but far enough away to make you feel like you can truly relax. We enjoyed our time so much we e-mailed Claire the last night of our stay to book for 2018! We can't wait to go back!

Angie J, 

FABULOUS!

This property is clean, spacious, and quiet. It is located about five miles from Disney. The home is equipped with a pool, spa and game room. Our college aged kids were never bored. The home is lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed out stay. Thank you!

Lana B, 

AMAZING VILLA!

This is the best holiday accommodation I have stayed in! The house is beautiful and in excellent condition. Owners have provided everything you could need on holiday, including hairdryers and straighteners. Two baskets of pool towels were great as there were 9 of us in and out the pool all the time. A lovely touch was a "welcome basket" of goodies waiting for us on arrival and this was much appreciated. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, towels, bedding,etc. Children (and adults) had fun with the pool table, air hockey and table football . Claire, the owner, is very friendly to communicate with and very helpful. Definitely a 10 out of 10 for villa and owner!

Sheila H, 

HOME FROM HOME

WOW! We've just come back from spending two weeks in this amazing home and ... just WOW. From the picturesque setting, to being perfectly located to all the attractions, this house has it all. The property was very clean with more than enough room for all 6 of us adults and we all loved the games room and air hockey table, so plenty to do to in the house if the heat gets a bit too much! However, we did spend most of our time outside in and around the pool area. The south facing garden surrounded by woodland and on a conservation area, makes a spectacular viewing platform for wildlife, getting daily visits from the local Storks and Tortoises. The family who own this Villa are lovely, answering any questions we had and leaving personable touches in the home, such as a sweetie welcome pack, which was very much appreciated after a long flight! We would recommend this villa to any one looking at travelling to Florida! Thank you again for letting us use your amazing home.

Christine W, 

We've just returned to the UK following a four week stay at 'My Florida Dream Haven'. The house is very spacious and was perfect to accommodate eight adults and two children. The pool area is huge and has a great view at the back, we saw lots of wildlife including tortoises and deer. There are lots of games to keep everyone entertained when you just feel like relaxing in the house. The house is about a 15 minute drive to the i4, so is handy for access when travelling to the parks or further afield. We would not hesitate to recommend this house to anyone planning a visit to the area. Claire (the owner) was very helpful and friendly throughout the booking process.

Mike & Helen, 

Brilliant villa. Huge with 3 separate living spaces and 5 bedrooms. Lots of games, books and dvd's to keep you entertained. Very clean and tidy. Didn't want to leave. Easy to find and good access to parks without being too close. Very quiet and peaceful.

Anon, 

This property was a delightful place to stay. So close to the Orlando attractions but nice and quiet. The house has everything you need and more set in a gated community right at the end of the boulevard. There was plenty of wildlife to see while around the lovely pool area. The family are so helpful if you need to know any extras. You can not go past this property for first class accommodation in Orlando. I am sure we will return.
Vicki, Andrew, Brenda, Neil, Joyce and Raymond

Vicki R, 

The villa was clean and very well presented. It's located at the end of a cul-de-sac with fields and woodland to the side and rear. The pool can only be seen by its next door neighbour but, this actually acts as a great privacy screen from the rest of the street. Plenty of wildlife were to be seen including a couple of resident tortoises, birds and snakes. The villa was way too big for the 4 of us and I could imagine 2 families sharing with plenty of space and privacy. Waterston also has a communial pool and clubhouse but we didn't try these facilities. I would recommend this villa to anyone looking to stay in this area. This is my 9th time that I have rented a villa around this part of florida and it is certainly the best so far. The pool water temp was just a couple of degrees below comfortable so I had the management company turn on the heating. Dealings with Claire, the owner, were very easy and straight forward. My security deposit was returned within 3 days. My 17 day stay was definitely a 5 star experience and will look to see if Dream Villa is available on my next visit.

Mark E, 

FAB-U-LOUS Dream Haven......

Amazing second visit to this villa, cannot wait for the third later in the year with friends for their first stay..

Great Location, loved the daily visits from the wildlife. The villa itself has everything you can dream of and more..well maintained and very clean. Favorite park is Universal Studios. Had a great evening in both celebration town and Disney Springs. Counting the days to our return

Nicky, 

A Home with Everything You Need...........
I have stayed in Watersong for 6 years and this was one of the nicest homes. It was very private being at the end of the road. We enjoyed all the wildlife in the area. The home was fully stocked with everything we needed and the owners were absolutely wonderful to work with.

Patty G, 

My family and I have just returned from our holiday in Florida. It was our 7th visit, but our 1st stay in this area and villa.

The photos displayed on this site are exactly what you will see at the villa. On arrival, we were really impressed and knew straight away we would have a fantastic holiday.

When we discovered the villa and made contact with the owner, I knew immediately this was the villa for us. From start to finish, the communication was impeccable.

Location - The Villa is, as the description states, in the lovely area of Champions Gate. It’s quiet and has the added security of the gates at the entrance. The location is fantastic; it’s the best villa we have ever stayed at for access to the I-4. (In our opinion, better than, Legacy Park, Highlands Reserve & Emerald Island) The 192, which is the busiest in the area for restaurants, is also only a short drive away on a nice quiet road. Publix supermarket, gas stations, fast food outlets and café’s are also only a short distance away too.

Top tip – If you want to avoid the I-4 completely when travelling from the villa to the Disney Parks, you should drive to the 192 and instead of turning right towards the I-4, turn left and take the right turn at the lights onto Sherberth Road. This roads takes you directly to the Disney Parks. This route is shorter too.

The Villa - The villa & outside space is immaculate, well maintained and really homely.

On arrival we were greeted to a lovely goodie box full of chocolates, crisps, wine, beer and sweets and note wishing us a great stay at the villa. This was a great personal touch as it was both my mum and husband’s birthday while we were there & the note wished them both a happy birthday.

Upstairs - Ample bath towels and bed linen. Lovely spacious loft space, which provided entertainment for everyone. Every bedroom has it’s own bathroom, which was fantastic when 8 of us stayed. Excellent storage in each room for clothes and cases. Most bathrooms have a hair dryer; all bedrooms had ample hangers & drawer space. The cupboards are well stocked with clean bed linen and bathroom towels.

Downstairs – 2 x eating areas (as well as outside), 2 x living areas. The main bedroom suite located off the lounge is stunning. The kitchen is huge and contains everything you need, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, microwave, cooker, huge fridge freezer & dishwasher. The many cupboards are well stocked with new pots & pans, cooking equipment, utensils, mugs, glasses, plates & bowls (for inside & out). Dishcloths and tea towels are also provided.

There is a downstairs toilet and a utility room with a washer and dryer. (Both really easy to use). The garage provides another entertainment area with a pool table, darts and table football.

Outside – A huge deck with pool & Jacuzzi. Pool towels provided in the basket at the patio doors. A patio table & chairs, which seats 6 and 4 x sun loungers with cushions. The patio area overlooked a conservation area, which was great for spotting the Florida wildlife.

Wifi at the villa is excellent.

Out and about –
Other than Disney parks!

Winter Park is a lovely little town, just 1-hour drive from the villa. Filled with lovely boutiques and restaurants. You take can take a boat ride at the lake. Free parking for up to 3 hours.

Boggy Creek – Air Boat ride. This is a must. We saw gators, water snakes and American Bald eagles. Just a 30 min car journey from the villa on quiet back roads.

Kissimmee – This is also worth a visit for a change of scenery. You can walk along the lake and stop at one of the many restaurants for a drink and a bite to eat. You can also catch a baseball game here.

Florida Mall – We travelled via the I-4 & the back roads (17/92), both took the same amount of time, however the back roads were far more leisurely!

Premium Outlets at Vineland Ave – Really easy to get to from the villa on the I-4.

Eating out – If you’re missing home comforts whilst in Orlando, there is a great British owned and run Fish and Chip Shop just 15 mins from the villa. It’s located at Champions Gate Village, (8281 Champions Gate Blvd) in a unit, just to the right of the Publix Supermarket. You can eat in or take away. It has a small amount of seating inside and offers a small selection of alcohol. It’s a real quirky place with a great atmosphere.

Restaurants to avoid on the 192 – We visited our old favorites, Denny’s and Sizzler for dinner and was really disappointed. The food quality was poor, however Denny’s was great for Breakfast, however I wouldn’t recommend either for dinner.

Places you must eat at – 192 - Bahama Breeze, Red Lobster, Longhorn, Black Angus, International Drive - Tony Roma & Friendlies

Take away – There is a great Pizza takeaway called Papa John, a Chinese takeaway & McDonalds located at Publix. Alternatively, Publix also provides ready cooked food, meats and potatoes.

We had a great stay at the villa and would stay here again & recommend to our family and friends without a shadow of a doubt.

Sarah I, 

Dear Claire and John,
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful home with us! All the comforts at a home away from your own. This rental is a must for families......it is truly a kids dream! Our favorite spots at your home were the pool/hot tub, outside deck area, and the loft area. Plenty of air hockey games were held......with our daughter reigning as the champion at the end of our stay! While enjoying the pool/hot tub we had visits from the birds and their babies and the turtle. The kitchen was well stocked with all of the items we needed to prepare meals. It was wonderful being able to use the washer/dryer combo. We could pack less and just throw a load of laundry in as we needed to. We were 30 minutes away from Universal Studios and SeaWorld. We also took a day trip to Clearwater. Claire was wonderful to work with. Very quick to respond and extremely helpful! We would definitely recommend this rental to other families.

Kim B, 

Very agreeable stay
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The property was exactly as shown in the pictures.

The house is spacious, safe and secure located in a gated community and I would recommend to all!

The community itself was nice, quiet and it was easy to get to all theme parks (very close by the I4 but not to close so there was no disturbing traffic noise). We also loved the well heated pool as the nights could be pretty cool during the winter period, but no problems at all with the heating device of the pool. Best of all, the owners were great to work with. They were very accommodating, correct and very quick to respond.

Also the property mgt. were very alert to counter any small issues.

Definitely a place to remember in the future when revisiting Florida

Lode & Family, 

CHRISTMAS VACATION

This property was fantastic. It was exactly as described on the website but the description didn't do it justice, it was better than expected. The location was ideal for us because everything was within easy travelling distance but we were far enough away from the hubbub of the parks that once we were home we could relax and enjoy the facilities which were terrific, particularly the pool which our grandson adored.
From our initial contact with the owners the customer service they provided was excellent, emails were replied to promptly and questions were answered thoroughly. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends or relatives.

Mount Family, 

The house was beautiful and spacious. The community was nice, and was easy to get to all theme parks (traffic was not bad at all). Lots of king sized beds and bathrooms. The pool was great after a long day at the parks. Great price and value compared to other houses in the area. Best of all, the owners were great to work with. They were very accommodating and quick to respond. It was a great choice for our family vacation, and would choose it again if we ever return to Orlando.

Ballantyne, 

We've just returned from an amazing 10 day stay at this lovely villa. We arrived after our long journey to find a superb standard of accommodation. Everything was immaculate and so well presented. The welcome goodies for our children were an added bonus and very thoughtful. The villa is incredibly well equipped throughout and spacious. The children loved the games room and air hockey. The villa was in a quiet location and we got to spot some amazing wildlife from the comfort of our sun loungers, a turtle wandering past at one point! The owner provided us with lots of information prior to our arrival and was very helpful. It is ideally situated to reach the parks and we spent a number of happy days in Disney. This property was recommended to us by friends who had stayed a few months before and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. We looked to rebook for next year but sadly it is booked up for the time we were hoping to visit.

Vicki D, 

We loved the house. Very clean . I would recommend this house for sure. The neighborhood is great. Thank you to the owners and management company they both were helpful and accommodating .

Tammy T, 

What a fantastic holiday we have just had in Orlando. We have stayed in Watersong before and just loved it. It is very close to Disney and handy for all attractions plus a great place to stay if you want to travel to Tampa or Legoland or Even Clearwater which we did a couple of times. My Florida Dream Haven is the best villa we have ever stayed at and we have been in a few. It was immaculate on arrival and the welcome pack we received was a lovely unexpected surprise which we all enjoyed, a lovely touch. We only had one small issue with the phone and both the owner and the management company dealt with it very quickly indeed. The villa has everything you could need and more and is extremely spacious with areas we never even got round to sitting in or using. We all loved this villa and will definitely be returning as I don't think we will find a better villa in Watersong for what we are looking for with such lovely owners who answered all my questions very quickly and nothing was a problem to them. I will b recommending this villa to all my friends and family for their future visits.

Liz B, 

We had 2 weeks at the villa in August 2015 and had an amzing time. The villa is superb with excellent facilities, the pool area was great and we spent most of our time at the villa either in the pool or sitting on the patio watching the wildlife although we did not manage to see any armadillos but we did see tortoises every day. The games room and air hockey were used some evehings for family comoetions which kept us amused.I would definately recommend this villa as the owners Claire and John were very helpful and informative whenever we needed and very quick to answer emails. All in all we would love to go back!!!!

Pat Mellor, 

We have had a fantastic time your beautiful villa (the best one yet after 7 visits).
We enjoyed all the wild life that visited - turtles, armadillos and an otter. We quickly named the lovely big birds Bill and Bob.
The villa is beautifully decorated, spacious and had everything we needed. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack, that was so kind of you.
We will be back.

Family M, UK, 

MY FAMILY HAD A WONDERFUL VACATION........WE ARRIVED ON JUNE 13-21. THE HOME WAS VERY NICE, IN A GATED COMMUNITY, WHERE WE FELT VERY SAFE. INSIDE WAS SUPER SPACIOUS, WITH ALOT OF BATHROOMS WHICH I LOVED. MORE THAN ENOUGH SPACE TO ACCOMODATE 3 TO 4 FAMILIES. THE KITCHEN HAD EVERYTHING YOU COULD NEED TO PREPARE ANY MEAL, NO NEED TO BRING ANYTHING, THE GAME ROOM, MY TEENAGERS ENJOYED..THE POOL EVERYBODY ENJOYED, ESPECIALLY MY 12 MONTH OLD GRANDDAUGHTER..........EVEN BABY EQUIPMENT WAS AVAILABLE. CLAIRE , THE OWNER WAS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL AND VERY PATIENT IN ASSISTING ME. I DO APPRECIATE HER FOR THAT...I HAD A MINOR ISSUE WHERE THE WATER IN THE HOME WASN'T GETTING HOT ENOUGH, I CALLED THE NUMBER LISTED, SOMEONE CALLED ME BACK IN 30 MINUTES, THEY WERE VERY NICE AND THEY SAID SOMEONE WOULD TAKE CARE OF THAT PROMPTLY, WHICH THEY DID....AGAIN THIS HOME IS WONDERFUL AND YOU WILL DEFINITELY ENJOY IT. VERY NICE QUIET ARE WHERE WE SAW A LOT OF WILDLIFE, ESPECIALLY THE TALL BIRDS. WE WILL DEFINITELY RETURN NEXT YEAR. WE LOVED IT AND THANK YOU, DENISE, KILA, TY, EIDDE, LINA , VIC , AND MUFFIN...CUDOS

Robinson Family, 

Upon arrival at Watersong we were impressed by both the appearance and security of the resort. A couple minutes later we arrived at the villa and the immediate reaction of all our party (six) was WOW!!! The villa is beautiful in a tranquil location at the edge of the resort, it was plenty big enough for all of our needs with an ideal layout for a large family or group. The pool area is amazing with high quality furniture and plenty of space to enjoy the sunshine and surroundings. It's also great for nature lovers as we got a daily visit from the friendly 'big birds' and often spotted the turtles enjoying the afternoon sun. If your lucky you'll also see the local armadillo having a rummage in the front garden just after dark.

The villa had everything we needed to make our stay both comfortable and highly enjoyable. It was clean, fresh and modern. Literally a home from home.

The resort is far enough away from Disney to relax after a long day at the Parks. It took approx. 20-30 minutes to reach all parks, however the drive is easy and very enjoyable.

The local Publix is 10mins away with a number of other shops and restaurants in the same shopping complex. We would highly recommend Hungry Howies for take away pizza (on the way home from the Parks), it's situated inside a petrol station 2 mins from the resort but don't be put off by this as the pizzas are delicious!!

We are not the easiest to please and we reviewed numerous properties prior to choosing this one. We did not regret our choice and will be recommending this villa to all of our friends and family. The service/communication provided by the Hodgson family was also 1st Class!!

All in all the villa was one of many highlights that made our holiday truly magical!!

Many Thanks
The Casterton Family

Casterton Family, 

We just thought we'd send you a quick message to let you know that we are now home after our amazing trip to Florida.

Your home is beautiful and it was an absolute pleasure to spend our holiday there. To be honest, we probably used less than half the house as we spent the majority of our time outside enjoying the weather and surroundings. We spotted lots of resorts that we had viewed (online) as potential rentals, however we did not regret our decision to go with yours as it was perfect to suit all of our needs.

We will highly recommend your villa to all of our family and friends, I'm sure we will also be back in the future.

Mr and Mrs C, UK, 

Good Place, nice and quiet. The house is just beautiful you make your own memories there. The house is in a great location not far from the I.4 high way and all attractions.

Luis H, 

Really enjoyed our stay at Florida Dream Haven, it was a excellent villa, very clean and well equipped.
The location was good for trips to Universal, Sea World and Disney. Enjoyed sitting out by the pool and watching for the wildlife.
The owners Claire & John were great during the booking process and could not do enough for us to ensure that our stay went well. Booked a return trip and cannot wait to return next year.

Nic W, 

This house is very much as described and beautifully clean throughout. Close enough to the parks but far away enough to be quiet, the back of the house opens onto a break in the building line and has a small lake about 500m distant, this allows the renter to experience some of Florida's wildlife. We saw Cranes fly in every day and wild gofer tortoises! It is quite safe however as the access is through the bug screen. We feel really lucky to have rented from such a great family; our 2 year old got hold of some crayons and drew on the carpet! we were horrified, attempted to clean it and made it worse! Within a few days a carpet fitter had repaired the damage and unbelievably the Hodgson's didn't charge us and even returned our deposit, excellent, world class customer service. I have minor things I would change, it's not really set up for those that like to seriously cook, and more explanation of local places would be helpful in the house. On the whole a brilliant place and worth booking every time.

Dr B, 

The villa is wonderful, quiet very pleasant And really nice. It was very clean, And we loved the swimming pool And the patio. The neighbourhood was safe and it is close to Disney Parks, Universal studios... Also, it is pretty easy to go to the beach. Claire was really available for us. It is perfect for a family ! We Highly recommended this villa!

Bailly Family, 

We stayed at 'My Florida Dream Haven' in February 2015, quite last minute but what a find!!!
We absolutely loved the house & all it had to offer. The welcome pack was great & very much appreciated.
My emails & contact with Claire were concise & to the point, Claire doing all she could to help with a payment issue late one evening prior to the trip. Claire also provided lots of information about arriving at the airport, directions, Esta/Visa information & where to buy Theme Park Tickets etc.
The house itself had more than we expected, there were 3 lounges, 2 downstairs & a cosy lounge upstairs that we retired to in the evenings.
There was a games room in the garage in which we could 'loose' the children & an additional air hockey table within the house. The bedrooms were a great size with the 3 master suites having an en-suite & the 2 smaller rooms sharing a family bathroom. The new bedding was very current & looked beautiful upon arrival. All of the kitchen equipment we needed was available & in good condition.
The pool & lanai area were clean & tidy and was equipt with tables chairs & floats for the pool, There were many birds & wildlife beyond the property that the children loved watching.
The position of the villa was a little out of the way (not of the I27 where a lot of the rental villas seem to be based), however, when you have a car - this really isn't an issue. The gated community was beautiful & well looked after, with the villa situated at the end of a winding road, with neighbours to one side (the neighbours were helpful & even put the 'trash' out for us).
We would have no hesitation in recommending this Villa in Watersong to anyone, it's definitely worth a second visit by us...we loved it, thank you to Claire & family.

Dawn Manship, 

We stayed at my florida dream Haven christmas 2014, the villa is fabulous, five beds two lounges, large kitchen, games room and pool area with net surround. All top rating. Beds were comfortable and main bathroom had fantastic shower and large corner bath.

Welcome pack was a nice touch, I think what would have also been really useful would have been a small pack of washing tablets as it was requested we do a wash which we did, plus some washing up liquid and some scourers,apart from that all good. Plenty of crockery and utensils, a dustpan and brush would be a useful addition.

Wildlife was a joy to see everywhere around the villa.

I4 was an absolute nightmare every journey, far too many cars using the road, but that's christmas for you.

Sarah blackwell,