Absolute gem - close to everything and situated on a lake used for wakeboarding, waterskiing, jet skiing and boating. 15 mins from Disney, 6 from Downtown Orlando, 2 from Florida Mall, 5 from Milennia Mall and Premium Outlet Malls.
PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO ATTEMPTING A BOOKING. Rates and availability may vary. If booking for a US holiday, or anytime in the December-January period, the rates may be substantially higher. We may need specific information from you in order to coordinate reservations. It is best to let us send you an offer with the correct pricing and details to suit your circumstances. Plus, we'd generally like to learn something about you and hear that you have actually read what is written here!
We want to hear something about you and your group to make sure that you will be happy here BEFORE there is a reservation. If you write us and describe your group and plans, we can get back to you promptly. Both host and guest must approve any proposed reservation. We need to hear from you in order to feel comfortable having you as guests. Describe your interest and situation and let us make the offer, please!
Also, please see our other Orlando listing: "Lakeside Cottage--Efficiency" for smaller groups.
Thank you for looking!
Guests will love the newly renovated kitchen complete with stainless appliances. The cozy & sunny main bedroom holds either two twin beds or one king, depending on the situation. The small second bedroom has a full-sized bunk below, with the above bunk generally just used for storage. There is also a pull-out sofa in the small living area. The Cottage is fully self-contained with it's own private entrance, kitchen and bath.
Early Florida lake homes were often oriented facing the water instead of the street. The lake side is where the fun is and the street side is just how you get there! Our property is an extreme example of this philosophy. We are secluded from the street by tree cover and fencing. When you drive into the property you are in a large parking area that is largely hidden from the street. This serves as a buffer for the recreation areas that are beyond the main structures.
On the lake side we have two full-size beach volleyball courts, a covered pavilion area, a double-decker boat house, and a bonfire pit and hammock area down by the water. We are currently working on an outside kitchen set-up so that we can host our volleyball picnics without need to walk up to the house.
Owner is a born and bred Orlando local who is available for advice, local knowledge, and generally how to get the best value around town.
Potential car usage for guests with their own insurance. But this can' be guaranteed and should be considered a convenience to be discussed after booking.
Owners MAY be available for airport pickup by prior arrangement, for less than a cab would charge.
Separate but adjoining efficiency apartment also available for somewhat less. It has it's own entrance, bath, and kitchenette with a sleeping loft above and a futon on the ground floor. Pictures included in this listing along with the rest of the cottage because sometimes these two spaces are rented together.
REPEAT: Please contact us prior to booking. Special rates may apply or we may need specific information in order to coordinate reservations. Simple things like the number of guests in relation to bed configurations need to be discussed. We have the ability to combine or exclude different bedrooms to suit the situation, but we need to understand your needs and interests.
Thank you for considering staying with us!
I am not sure where to begin so I will describe everything the way it happened. My wife and I were going to Cocoa Beach to deliver a fountain to a friend. We thought it would be nice to stay in Orlando because we have yearly passes to Disney. We invited a couple of relatives but were not sure if they were coming. I had been looking at Airbnb for some time but was reluctant to book because we check all places out on Tripadviser first before booking, it appears they do not review Airbnb properties. I found Lakeside Cottage-close to all! I read several of the reviews and looked at the pictures, it looked good. I decided to book it, which stated my trip into the Sam Zone. He asked to post my phone number and he proceeded interrogate me, what time will you be arriving? I am not really sure Sam, I think 3PM? How many in your party, my wife and I for sure but there may be others (Sam charges extra per person).
2nd email: Boni,
Your reservation is for two, but you mentioned the possibility of additional guests in your party... Have you worked out who is coming?
No Sam not really, 2 for sure.
I could go on and on and on about the 6 emails and 8 text messages Sam on the lake (that’s what he calls himself) but let me just say, there were 2 pages of instructions to be followed and relentless text messages to be answered. Let me also say that for the first 2 or 3 emails Sam seems pleasant and reasonable, thing quickly change after that.
We thought to ourselves, this must be a very special property, but we were hugely disappointed. Upon arrival, Sam was waiting in the drive way, not looking very happy (I gave him ample warning of our arrival time and we had a code to get in, what’s the deal?).
What’s that? A utility trailer. Sam almost became unglued, he had previously told me that he had a huge parking lot that almost nobody uses (he called it a big lot). Besides had it been an issue I would I parked it somewhere else.
He took us in to the cottage which did not resemble the web pictures at all (see pictures), after what seemed like more endless question from Sam, I told him we were going to dinner. He explained that everything in the area was closed, OK Sam Thank you. We drove around a like and most places were closed or closing (10PM Saturday) so we picked up some KFC about 5 blocks from the property amongst the prostitutes and the drug dealers and decided that Lakeside Cottage-close to all! Was not for us. We went back to the property to get out trailer (Sam thought I should take it off) and I took pictures I would post as a public service in the future.Hope I can post the pictures?
We stayed at Sam´s for three nights. The cottage was a little less than we expected, apart from the kitchen which is very clean and has everything you would need on a vacation. As others have pointed out in their reviews, some of the photos were taken from very generous angles and with unusually good lighting which makes it easy to be kind of disappointed when you actually get there. For example, the photos don´t show that there were window a/c units in the living room and the bedroom which block out almost all of the daylight and make it impossible to open the windows. As someone who tends to be slightly claustrophibic and doesn´t do well with dry a/c air, I probably wouldn´t stay there again.
BUT Sam was very nice and helpful and did his best to change some of the things we pointed out to him after the first night. he even took out the window unit in the living room. We were told not to open the windows anyway to avoid bugs coming in, so maybe fly screens would be a good idea. Sam is the kind of host you can talk to if there is anything you are not satisfied with.
Also the rather wild outdoor area is a nice spot to hang out. We really enjoyed sitting on the dock at night, with a cold drink, staring at the lake. Thanks for that!
We had a great time! Sam has a great place in a beautiful area, and, with a car, convenient to almost everything. Sam was great, helpful, and friendly, and the place was more than comfortable for the two of us. Thanks so much! If we visit again, this is definitely the place to stay.
Nice place on a lake side, very calm but "close to all" indeed.
Sam was a great host, explained everything and rented us a canoe for free
Хорошее место на берегу озера, очень тихо и спокойно, но близко до парков и шоппинга.
Сэм классный, весьма доброжелательный и разговорчивый. Обязательно попросите у него каное - незабываемые ощущения, обсобенно, по первому разу.
It was a fun experience! Sam was really helpful and nice throughout the entire trip. In fact, half the time, my group (consisting of a large number of college students) were worried about troubling and annoying him (as we kept changing plans last minute, we arrived earlier than expected, we didn't give him as much notice on certain activities, etc.) but he was totally cool and relaxed about it!
The only time there was a problem (the door to the toilet went off its hinge, and wouldn't open or close properly) he came in to fix it really quickly, so we weren't really affected by it.
It was a cozy place to stay in, and it was definitely an enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend the place!
This place is a great place to stay in Orlando, it is very convenient since there is a Walmart nearby, and it is very close to other places if you are driving. Sam is a friendly and helpful host, he helped us to take care of the trash and even do laundry. Overall, this is a great place I will suggest if you need a place to stay in Orlando.
Sam was super friendly and helpful. The place was clean. The furniture was kind of cheap (the coffee table was starting to fall apart) but I wanted a place where I didn't have to worry about my kids destroying anything expensive, so it was perfect. It is advertised as having two twins or a king in main bedroom. This is a little misleading because the king is really the twins pushed together with some kind of pad over both. Unfortunately, I slept in the middle (because my husband and i shared the bed with our toddler) and could feel the crack. I might not have rented it if I had known. The lake is beautiful and peaceful. The grounds are full of stuff everywhere. I get the impression Sam is a bit of a pack rat, but that didn't really bother me. The second bedroom connects to the other place he rents out and the walls are thin, so we could hear the other renter from that room. I was worried my kids were being to loud. Overall I think it is a nice place to stay. I am happy to give my money to a nice guy rather than a big corporate hotel, so it all worked out fine.
My one night stay at the Lakeside Cottage guest house was very pleasant. Everything was provided including linens, kitchen ware, dozens of movies, etc.. There was even a coded door lock which was ideal for us to get in, since we arrived late, without disturbing anyone. Sam was very accommodating the following day and let us use his canoe to paddle around the lake which was beautiful. Overall a great first experience for me using AirBnb.
Sam was such a fantastic host. Extremely attentive and helpful. We are a group of touring musicians and he offered to build a fire for us late after our show and even came to hear us play! He's extremely helpful and personable. We had a lovely meal and sit by the lake and swim in the morning. Creativity a trip highlight.
The words i have will put here are not enough to express my gratitude and the hospitality Sam gave us, its all started when my car broke down about 20miles from his place on a hight way, the man came to us up and charged ridiculously cheap price for it n our departure, introduced me to his friend /mechanic who also gave me radicalise discounts and went out his way to ensure the car is fixed on time so i can carry on with my journey.
not to get carried away Sam is a supper nice host, apart from him dropping all to come tow us, he drove us around to have dinner, gave a lil tour guid while at it and the following day while my car was in the shop he offered me his car to drive around and explore a little bit of orlando, that was a lil weird, i mean i would not give some of my friends my car to just wonder around for a day can you imagine a stranger.
He has a lovely place which is next to an intracoastal with a deck, volleyball court on a sand, that i did not get to appreciate, Thanks to that dam car for breaking down. i didn't even wana eat till he forced me to, lol.
our room had a king sized bed made of 2 singles,i only no this coz he told me. i think is smart, if you go there with your significant other and you have a fight no one have to sleep in a couch just split the beds, lol
lol, well talking about some one going out of their way to host you, Sam literally did, even after we had left his place he called to check up on us, i no for sure that when I'm in orlando, i do not wana stay anywhere else, but at his place.
not only were we hosted like buddies, from the way he took care of us, he made me understand humanity at a deferent level.
Thank you Sam.