Southern Dunes Vacation Rentals

Southern Dunes - A Golfing Vacation Rental Gated Community

Southern Dunes in Davenport, Florida is located just off US27 and is just under 30 minutes from Orlando's Disney world theme parks. Largely built in 1998, Southern Dunes is a secure gated golfing community with an award winning golf course. On visiting the community, it was explained to us that the landscaped fairways of Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club had been designed to replicate a British style traditional links golf course. So, this is definitely the vacation rental community to stay at, if golf is your game.

Staying at Southern Dunes

The homes on Southern Dunes community are largely detached, air conditioned single family homes. However, there are also some 1 and 2 bedroom condominiums here also which are located near the entrance to the community. The detached vacation rental homes and are generally be well-equipped and spacious. Most of the pool home properties in the community have a privately screened swimming pool complete with sun loungers and other pool deck furniture. The homes here are built in and around the gold course and so many golfing greens make their way through rows of holiday villas and condos.

Southern Dunes is a 24-hour manned gated community which also has a clubhouse, which has a small gym and library. Outside, there are tennis courts, a children's playground and the main community pool which is surrounded by a large pool deck with sun loungers and pool deck furniture.

The Homes at Southern Dunes

The detached homes and villas on Southern Dunes have 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms with either 2 or 3 bathrooms. They are predominantly single storey and incorporate between 1,500 and 2,450 sq.ft of covered living space. Southern Dunes is made up of a mix of family residential and individual, often privately owned vacation homes. All homes are decorated and furnished with fully equipped kitchens and should have everything you'll need to enjoy your vacation. As a bonus for the kids, some homes in Southern Dunes may also offer games rooms, and if available, this will normally be in the converted garage space. Obviously, the contents of these will vary but you should expect to see some, or all of the following: a pool table, table tennis table, air hockey, foosball and possibly one or more arcade games.

Southern Dunes on Youtube

In order to write our Central Disney Area Destination Reports, we visited each of the communities in the Orlando area and in a lot of cases we also recorded a brief video of the community and uploaded it to Youtube. We did this on our visit to Southern Dunes, which you can see by clicking below. These videos are fairly short and are simply intended to give an impression of the community and provide potential guests with more of a feel for the neighborhood.

 
Southern Dunes Youtube Video

Getting to the Attractions from Southern Dunes

Florida has a worldwide reputation for leading the revolution in mass tourism. Over the past 60 plus years, Orlando has built itself up to be the world's leading travel destination. The city's theme parks are predominantly behind that incredible transformation of the city. Theme parks are big business in Central Florida and they're spread geographically across Orlando and south down to Tampa and are all accessible on a day trip from Southern Dunes. But it's not just about the theme parks and attractions; if you want to take the kids surfing at Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic coast, or just feel like chilling at Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, then either of these is achievable on a day out. Both of these beaches are no more than a 90 minute drive away.

The following driving times are approximate, but they give an indication of the convenience of staying in vacation rental home at Southern Dunes:

Disney World® Parks - 28+ Minutes
SeaWorld - 34 Minutes
Discovery Cove - 34 Minutes
Legoland - 25 Minutes
Universal Studios - 36 Minutes
Fantasy of Flight - 35 Minutes
Adventure Island, Tampa - 75 Minutes
Busch Gardens, Tampa - 70 Minutes
Kennedy Space Center - 75 Minutes
Cocoa Beach - 70 Minutes
Clearwater Beach - 80 Minutes

Southern Dunes and Golf

Orlando offers visitors an exclusive golfing experience not to be found anywhere else. It has long catered to the world's most discerning golfers - tourists and pros alike. The extremely pleasant weather makes it a natural hot spot for golfers. Many of the very best golf course architects have done some of their finest work right here. There are courses to suit every golfer's ability from beginners to scratch golfers. The best time for golfing weather is between October through May when it gets cooler (temps in the 70s/80s) and course conditions are at their peak, but you get the best price breaks between the hotter and stickier months of July through September. We've listed some golf courses near Southern Dunes with approximate driving times:

Champions Gate - 16 Minutes
Cypresswood Golf and Country Club - 30 Minutes
Orange Lake Golf - 19 Minutes
Swiss Fairways Golf Course - 27 Minutes
Legends Golf and Country Club - 21 Minutes
Highlands Reserve - 17 Minutes
Falcon's Fire - 25 Minutes
Green Valley Country Club - 20 Minutes
The Monarch at Royal Highlands - 20 Minutes
Waldorf Astoria - 25 Minutes

Restaurants and Shops near Southern Dunes

With millions of people traveling to Orlando/Kissimmee/davenport/Clermont each year, it's not overly surprising to find that the area around Disney World® and Universal Studios is packed with restaurants and fast food outlets. And the area near Southern Dunes is no different. If you drive out from the community you'll soon come across various eateries. But the largest concentration can be found nearby on the Highway 192, particularly around the Rolling Oaks Commons section of the road. Here, you'll find dozens of restaurants and take outs and these include: Applebee's, Bahama Breeze, Black Angus Steak Restaurant, Bob Evans, Bonefish Grill, Boston Lobster Feast, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chuy's Tex-Mex, Columbia, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Diromio's Pizza And Grill, Five Guys, Flippers Pizza, Giordano's, Giovanni's Pizza , Golden Corral, IHOP, Logan's Roadhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Manny's Original Chophouse, Miller's Ale House, Olive Garden, On The Border, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Perkins, Pollo Tropical, Ponderosa, Red LobsterSizzler, Shoneys, Sweet Tomatoes, Tarantino's Italian, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Fridays, Thai Thani, The Catfish Place, Waffle House and finally Zaxby's. But this list is by no means exhaustive.

If you'd prefer to grab something to take out then there's plenty of choice in that situation as well. This includes Arby's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, CiCi's Pizza, Cordovano Joe's Pizza , Crown Fried Chicken, Domino's Pizza, DQ Grill and Chill, KFC, Long John Silver's, McDonalds, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno Chicago Bar and Grill , Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Upper Crust Pizza and Wendy's.

Dining at Home
If you're thinking of cooking at the villa, then you'll want to find a supermarket. That's straighforward; there are three large supermarkets (Walmart, Publix and Target) within a five minute drive of Southern Dunes. So, you'll never be too far away when you need to pick up that bottle of wine, or a few beers and the steaks for the poolside BBQ.

Non Supermarket Shopping
If you're looking for something beyond supermarkets then you'll have to drive a little further. Just a few minutes away from Southern Dunes is Posner Park where you'll find an IMAX Movie Theater and a whole range of restaurants and stores including, Books-a-Million, JC Penney, Best Buy, Staples, Target, PetSmart, DICK'S Sporting Goods.

Shopping for Apparel
If you want mall style, or more upscale shopping then you'll need to drive into Orlando. With its upscale malls, shopping outlets and boutiques, Orlando offers great options. Designer brands and the hottest fashion trends are always in style at The Mall Millennia and The Florida Mall where shoppers will find top department stores offering incomparable service. Orlando's designer outlets, including Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive, Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue, and the Lake Buena Vista Outlets, feature a wide selection from the world's top designers at incredible savings. With this many shopping options within a 30 minute drive, retail therapy is never too far away.

The Weather at Southern Dunes

The climate of Florida is heavily influenced by the fact that all parts of the state are in close proximity to the ocean. Lake Okeechobee, in the middle of the state, is a point of demarcation for the climate of the Sunshine state. To the North of the lake, which is where Southern Dunes is located, the climate is classified as humid subtropical, while areas to the south have a true tropical climate.

So, when staying in Southern Dunes, you should expect weather ranging from warm and pleasant, through to extremely hot (June-Sept) throughout the year. The sun shines on most days in Florida and the temperature doesn't usually fall below freezing (0°C / 32F). These facts should give you a clue as to why Disney World® and Universal Studious and the other parks were built in Orlando.

Generally, if you visit the parks outside of the summer months, you should have a dry and comfortable experience. But in summer months, it's going to be hot and humid most days, with temperatures in June, July and August reaching into the mid 90s F.

The rainy season arrives in May and runs on through until October. So, when leaving for the parks, you'll want to pack an umbrella and a plastic poncho, or similar. If you're a person who enjoys witnessing torrential downpours, then you can almost set your watch by the thunderstorms each afternoon during the summer month. It's also worth mentioning the Hurricane season which runs from July through to November. Fall/Autumn sees the arrival of beautiful balmy days where average temperatures and rainfall start to reduce. The winter months of December, January and February offer the coolest weather with January daytime temperatures averaging around 23°C / 73°F, but these can drop to 9°C / 48°F overnight. The driest months of the year can be found during late Fall, winter into early spring.

Alternative Similar Communities

Southern Dunes is a popular place for a vacation and if you've found a home that you like the look of, then you should send off an inquiry about its availability and exact price. But it's always worth looking at other similar vacation rental home communities and resorts which might only be a mile or two away from Southern Dunes and which might also be of interest. It's not a huge disadvantage, but the Davenport and Clermont communities are further away from most of the attractions, but they are often priced better than vacation rental homes in the Kissimmee area. In the Davenport/Clermont area, you might want to consider Bella Toscana (the other community) and also Four Corners and also Tuscan Hills which is a fantastic place to stay if you're a golfer. If you're looking to limit the expenditure, then check out Crescent Lakes . And turning to the vacation rental communities in Kissimmee, you may want to look at vacation rentals in Emerald Island which is close to Disney and Terra Verde , which again is close to the parks.

There are a large number of alternative vacation rental communities in the Davenport area, these include, Lake Davenport Estates, or Bella Piazza Resort or Festival Resort which are both full resorts and so offer more onsite entertainment.

The quality of all of the vacation rental communities around Kissimmee and Davenport is very good and the general standard of the homes in them can be exceptional. So, we would suggest that before booking any vacation home; establish your needs including the planned dates of travel and the number of you traveling before contacting as many homeowners as possible. This will allow you to identify which vacation rental homes most closely suit your requirements. Whether it be availability dates, price, location, size of the property, facilities of the resort or community, etc, all of these should feature in your decision making process.

Driving Directions to Southern Dunes

With seven of the top theme parks all in one sunny location, Orlando is the theme park hub of the planet. And, with more than 105 million visitors in 2016, this Central Florida city is also the most visited tourist destination in the United States. So, it's little wonder that all the US domestic and most international airlines are capitalizing on this success themselves by providing huge numbers of scheduled flights in and out of Orlando. The city is served by two international airports; Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando-Sanford Airport (SFB) which are 45 minutes and 75 minutes driving time, respectively from Southern Dunes.

A large number of flights arrive and depart Orlando International Airport each day, with Sandford far less well served. There are a number of driving routes from Orlando International Airport to Southern Dunes, but we generally advise on this one. To reach Southern Dunes from Orlando International Airport, take FL-417S towards Disney World® and continue until reaching the Celebration Avenue (exit #2). Keep right to take ramp towards US Hwy-192 in a westerly direction. Once on Hwy 192 W, drive for 6 miles and then turn left onto US27, in the direction of Haines City. Continue on US27 S for 7.5 miles before turning left into Southern Dunes Boulevard. The community is then straight ahead.

Whilst our travel editors make every effort to ensure that the information contained in our Destination Reports is accurate and reliable, we take no responsibility for the validity or accuracy of the information displayed. We strongly recommend that any information shown on Tripelli.com is independently verified.

 
 

Vacation Rental Homes in or near Southern Dunes

Sleeps 10

$160 per night

Villa Southern Dunes - Golf, sun, play and stay!

4 Beds3 Baths1940 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1940 Sq. ft, Sleeps 10
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Southern Dunes Golf And Country Club C...
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Sleeps 10

£98 per night

South facing pool with amazing golf views

4 Beds3 Baths1546 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1546 Sq. ft, Sleeps 10
Location:
Southern Dunes, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £98 per night
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Sleeps 6

£89 per night

Sunset Ridge Villa

3 Beds2 Baths1850 Sq. ft

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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1850 Sq. ft, Sleeps 6
Location:
Sunset Ridge Gated Community, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Beach Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £89 per night
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Sleeps 6

$120 per night

Sunrise Villa, Fabulous Family Villa close to Disney,Seaworld and Universal one rate all year !

3 Beds2 Baths1650 Sq. ft

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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1650 Sq. ft, Sleeps 6
Location:
Westridge, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $120 per night
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Sleeps 6

$120 per night

3 Bed Executive Home starting at only $120 per night, plus Tax

3 Beds2 Baths1850 Sq. ft

Family Home

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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1850 Sq. ft, Sleeps 6
Location:
Ridgewood Lakes, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $120 per night
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Sleeps 8

$117 per night

Welcome to the MAGIC

4 Beds3 Baths2200 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2200 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Tuscan Ridge, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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Sleeps 8

£75 per night

Aylesbury Villa

4 Beds3 Baths1414 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1414 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Aylesbury, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £75 per night
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Sleeps 8

$95 per night

home with private pool

4 Beds2 Baths1350 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1350 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Davenport, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $95 per night
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Sleeps 8

$140 per night

Tiggers Villa

4 Beds3 Baths1980 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1980 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Highlands Reserve Golf Community, Flor...
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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Sleeps 8

$140 per night

4 bedroom luxury Villa

4 Beds2 Baths2500 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2500 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Four Corners, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Beach Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $140 per night
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Sleeps 8

£82 per night

The Oaks

4 Beds3 Baths2000 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2000 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
The Sanctuary At West Haven, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £82 per night
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Sleeps 8

$124 per night

Superb Spacious Luxury Villa, South-facing Solar Heated Pool & Spa/Jacuzzi

4 Beds3 Baths2100 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2100 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Countryside At Tuscan Ridge, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $124 per night
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Sleeps 8

$155 per night

5 STAR resort villa!  Neverland Villa is the best!

4 Beds3 Baths1583 Sq. ft

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1583 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Solana Resort, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $155 per night
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Sleeps 8

$130 per night

Beautiful Florida Villa, near Disney

4 Beds3 Baths2200 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2200 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Loma Vista, Florida
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No Smoking

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from $130 per night
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Sleeps 8

$115 per night

Family Friendly 4 Bed Home just Minutes from Disney

4 Beds3 Baths1600 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1600 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Four Corners, Florida
Features:
Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Beach Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $115 per night
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Sleeps 10

£65 per night

Fantastic 4 bed 3 bath villa with south facing pool on a gated community.

4 Beds3 Baths1600 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1600 Sq. ft, Sleeps 10
Location:
Manors At Westidge, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Beach Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £65 per night
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Sleeps 8

$115 per night

Lakeside villa in peaceful location close to Disney

4 Beds3 Baths2060 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2060 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Ashley Manor, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $115 per night
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Sleeps 8

$85 per night

Quinn Villas - Regal Palms Davenport Florida - Sleeps 8

4 Beds3 Baths1500 Sq. ft

Condo

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1500 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Regal Palms, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $85 per night
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Sleeps 8

$82 per night

Tower Lake Vista - unoverlooked pool villa just 15mins from Disney!

4 Beds3 Baths1950 Sq. ft

Family Villa

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4 Beds, 3 Baths, 1950 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Calabay Parc At Tower Lake, Florida
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Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $82 per night
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Sleeps 10

$130 per night

Executive home on Golf Course, Sleeps up to 10, $130 per night + tax

4 Beds3 Baths2400 Sq. ft

Family Home

( Owner Manager )

Home:
4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2400 Sq. ft, Sleeps 10
Location:
Ridgewood Lakes, Florida
Features:
Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $130 per night
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Sleeps 8

$95 per night

The Best Place for the Best Vacation!

4 Beds3 Baths2200 Sq. ft

Family Villa

( Owner Manager )

Home:
4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2200 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
Wildflower Ridge, Florida
Features:
Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from $95 per night
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Sleeps 8

£100 per night

Manor Palms Villa - Great Home on Disney's Doorstep

4 Beds3 Baths2083 Sq. ft

Family Villa

( Owner Manager )

Home:
4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2083 Sq. ft, Sleeps 8
Location:
The Manor At West Haven, Florida
Features:
Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wifi, Satellite/Cable, Family/Kid Friendly, Games Room, No Smoking, Parks Nearby, Golf Course Nearby

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from £100 per night
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