About this listing
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!
Sam met us upon arrival. We kept in touch during our drive. The entrance is not aesthetically appealing, he restores old cars and the first view seen when arriving is old cars and a garage with a blue tarp. This property seems to be the most cluttered in the neighborhood. Not a cottage- more like a bungalow setting, 3 in all. The view in the photo is the best view. Very pretty lake, nice to look at. The paddleboat had about 6 " of standing water in it. The path to the lake is not lit up, lots of clutter . Would have been nice to sit outside by lake at night , but with no lights , not safe. Sam spends alot of time on the property. He also will go into the places while visitors are out for the day. Very easy to get ahold of if you need anything . May not be a good fit if you truly do not want the owner breathing down your neck. Interior of bungalow is clean, but very dated, no TV which Sam does inform you of on Airbnb site. Bathroom is extremely small, a larger person would not fit in it comfortably. A good plus- alot of storage space for a small area. I would most likely not book again, area of town it is located in is old Orlando, run down, lots of panhandling outside of business's , we were approached several times. I would spend the extra money and get a moderately priced hotel room with a pool, there are numerous ones in the area of this property. This is mainly because of the environment of the outside of the property .
My purpose served, I stayed less than 12 hours.
Sam is very accommodative.
He was always available to help.
Sam is very responsive and friendly
Pictures are deceptive. He has taken the best possible pictures from carefully selected angles. The place is tiny and extremely run down. Requires a lot of maintenance.
The lake is not usable nor can you cannot see it from the cottage.
Also we were bitten by insects.
Looks like Sam does not live in the property and rents it permanently. He runs this rental as a business and rents several properties on the lot.
Sam hat die Bilder gemischt von den verschiedenen Möglichkeiten der Übernachtung, wir waren mit unserer Unterkunft völlig zufrieden, es war sauber und alles hat funktioniert. Die Natur draußen bis zum See ist ein Traum, man kann wie mitten im dunkle im Schatten der tollen Bäume sitzen, am Steg die Sonne aufgehen sehen und den Tieren zuschauen. Einfach toll! Auf dem Grundstück müsste aber mal aufgeräumt werden, damit man die Möglichkeiten auch nutzen kann
Sam was nice and was regularly in touch with us and helped us in finding the address. He's very flexible with the time you can check in and also provided alternative options if we arrive very late in the mid night on the day of our check in.
But don't expect much by seeing the pics, the house is very small and congested, bathroom is so small to even stand and brush or to have a shower comfortably. Bathroom doesn't even have a proper door. I feel its a bit over priced, the positive thing is that its very close to Universal, Sea World and Disney. I wouldn't go back again and stay at this place if i visit orlando.
Great location, fun to play beach volleyball. Host was awkward on timings to arrive - I told him at the start of the day we'd be there between 9-10pm. At 9 I messaged again to say it'd be 9.30. We arrived at 9.25 and he told us to go away and come back as he wasn't ready. Providing you're not in a rush this place is great, however if you're a bit pushed for time as we were then it was awkward having him insisting on letting us in etc.
Other than that he was flexible on leaving times, provided fresh linen and beach volleyballs and was friendly
Before I decided to book this place, I read the reviews and feedbacks from previous people. I wish they would have given their honest feedback...
First of all, this is not a typical air bnb setup. This is not someone who has a cottage for occasional rental. The owner is trying to run a commercial business. He has three or four units that he rents out to people. Well, that would be fine if the operator does the proper upkeep and maintains the units.
It is NOT the case with this place.
The place is in a junk yard, with multiple junk cars in the property. The property is littered with various junk. The pictures that you see on the website were the best pictures from different units. They are MISLEADING.
The place is very small, the bathroom is so small that it is not much bigger than those on the airplanes.
The place stinks. It was so bad that we had to spray perfume to mask the smell. It was never properly cleaned between rentals.
The unit is cluttered with junks, most of the appliances do not work. The garbage disposal does not work, the microwave does not work, the worst part is the the central AC does not work and we were relying on two window units that were so noisy that it was impossible to sleep.
The WIFI never works and there is NO washer and dryer. There is no cable, so good luck if you want to watch the news or check on the weather. He does have bunch of old DVDs if you want to drown out the noise from the window ACs.
In summary, you would be better of to stay at a cheap motel than this place.
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About the Host, Sam In Orlando
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