This home was a great choice for our Florida vacation!
We ( family of four – kids 3, 5) stayed for a week at the Villa by the Castle with friends (family of 5 – infant and two kids 3, 5). The layout was perfect, with enough bedrooms upstairs for everyone, plus an extra downstairs that the kids used as a “movie room” while the parents relaxed in the main livingroom/kitchen area.
The best part of this house was the pool. The pool deck is large and there were lots of pool toys/floats for the kids to use. The outside fan worked really well and gave a nice breeze. The kids did not want to leave the pool to do anything all week, they had a blast playing together which made for a perfect relaxing vacation for the adults.
We did venture out however, we used the castle playground, resort pool (kids loved the water slide and splash pad), and the resort shop for snacks. The resort location is also very close to Disney, Downtown Disney, shopping, outlets and restaurants.
The weather called for thunderstorms everyday, which most days did happen but only in the late afternoon lasting only 20 mins- an hour. It was +30 degrees everyday and a wonderful break from our long Canadian winter.
There were only a few small “bumps”…we didn’t realize the propane for the BBQ was an extra charge (but only $35) and had to be ordered in advance. Once we called the management company it took a day to receive the tank. Use of the BBQ, however, was complimentary and that isn’t the case with all rentals. Also the pool heater was not working properly, when we arrived it was too warm to swim in. This was fixed and the pool was perfect. Also, by the end of the week the pool needed to be cleaned (maybe an issue with the filter?). We called the management company and they showed up minutes later and we were able to use the pool later that day.
Overall it was a great vacation home…very clean, updated and family friendly. The owners were a pleasure to work with during the reservation process and checked in with us several times during our trip. We would definitely recommend this home to family and friends.