What your guests will love about your home
Holiday in comfort in our spacious water-front home in the heart of Florida. We live in a country setting, but just outside the Orlando and Tampa Bay regions with all their bustle and attractions.
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We have a two-story, split floor-plan, with master bedroom upstairs, featuring a king bed and private balcony overlooking lake, gardens, and screened terrace with spa. Downstairs lakeside bedroom has a day bed with an independent pop-up trundle bed stored underneath. Both have pillow-top single mattresses. Third bedroom features a comfortable double sofa-bed. The house has a large fireplace, two-story ceilings in great room, loft, indoor and outdoor dining, and is beautifully furnished with art, antiques, and comfortable sofas and recliners. We have hosted well-behaved children without problem, but the house is best for adult relaxation, and we may ask a small premium for families with children.
A two-car garage, laundry room with washer and dryer, and a full range of appliances make life easy. The kitchen features glass-front cabinets for ease of access. The entertainment center includes HDTV and lots of DVD’s. A bookshelf is well stocked with reading materials, mostly in English, plus games.
A private, clear, sand-bottom lake offers opportunity for swimming, SCUBA, snorkeling, and water sports. There are NO alligators in our lake, but this is a semi-tropical environment, so don't be surprised if you see insects. (We do not use pesticides in our home.). In the summer months, chimney swifts raise their babies here, and provide aerial shows overhead each evening. A solar-motorized floating dock offers a chance to float around on the lake, and is a great place to relax with a picnic, a cool beverage, or just soak up the sun.
The grounds include lush tropical landscaping, benches and seating areas, fountain, fish pond and butterfly gardens. The paved private street offers great bicycling, plus many great trails and parks are found in the surrounding area. Two bikes are included with the rental, and a car swap may be arranged.
Within five miles are a regional shopping mall with 12-screen cinema and bowling center, historic districts,a great Florida History Museum, Bok Tower Gardens, plus a general aviation Lake Wales Airport, Warner University, Webber University, Polk State College, The Vanguard School, Polk State Arts Center, and a community theatre offering live productions. We are fifteen minutes from Legoland, 40 minutes from Disney, 50 from Universal Studios. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Animal Kingdom are all within 30-45 minutes. River Ranch offers weekly western-style rodeos, only 25 minutes away. A one-hour drive will bring you to Orlando or Tampa, including Sea World, Busch Gardens, and two International airports. The Kennedy Space Center, and Gulf and Atlantic Beaches including Clearwater, Daytona, Cocoa Beach, and Sarasota, are all within 90 minutes.
We allow no smoking in the house.
Pet leash laws are in effect, and loose cats will be trapped (it’s a bird sanctuary).
What your guests will love about your neighborhood
The quiet lake for swimming, fishing, or boating, free of alligators.
Close to Disney, Legoland, Universal Studios, beautiful state parks, and many major attractions, shopping, and restaurants.
Privacy plus, our home is situated as a quiet rural oasis outside the bustle of the cities.
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Our home is a year-around bit of heaven, surrounded by nature, flowers, and bird life. We love it here,
and you will too. Set in the heart of Florida, we are within 90 minutes of both Gulf and Atlantic beaches, and all major attractions (see details for distances). Our large lot is wooded and features
gardens and fountains, sun and shade, and a broad swath of white sand beach. The lake is delightful for swimming, and warms to 32C in August. We have two bicycles for riding the quiet, paved country roads and bike trails.
The large screened dining room terrace makes outdoor dining comfortable, and a glass of wine while drifting on Blue Lake on our floating dock with quiet electric motor makes the sunsets memorable. What more can we tell you?
We love travel to Europe, California, the Caribbean, New England, and other locales. Please let us know if you would like to swap, we are always open to new ideas!