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The house was very nice and
perfect. We had 9 family members staying and the space as perfect. It was
close to parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports where our daughter participated
in dance nationals. The pool and spa was a great escape from the busy
competition and activities. David the owner was great to work with and very
accommodating. I would definitely rent this house again.
The Dattilo Family
Great property and great owners!
We stayed here with another family for a Universal studios get-away. There
was plenty of room for four adults and four kid (teens and tweens) and the
extra space was definitely needed! Everyone loved the heated pool. Be sure
to follow the instructions on the spa to let it warm for 30 minutes during
the winter - after it reaches heat, it is perfect. The house is close to
restaurants and pretty convenient to Universal (definitely convenient for
Disney- we could see fireworks from the house);. David was great to work
with - he told us lots of helpful tips about the property and the area and
was very accommodating when we were unsure if we wanted to add an extra day
to our trip. We would return.
The Viers Family
property was perfect !!! Great location for trips to Seaworld and all the
Disney Parks !!
loved staying at the house !!! The house was perfect for our family of 6.
The kids loved the heated pool and spa ! We were there during hurricane
Matthew and the owner David was excellent in communicating with us during
the storm. Would strongly recommend this house and plan to stay again in the
The Willis Family
Excellent home. We were four adults and five children. Space was perfect.
Excellent set up. If it lacked anything, we didn't notice. Screened-in
backyard and pool area are fabulous. Made for great, relaxing days. Will
definitely book again if in the area and will highly recommend.
Just fantastic! Excellent, honest
owner, excellent house, excellent facilities, excellent location, excellent
price! I'm already saving to come back.
Brief! Family gathering for Christmas
and New Year’s, very pleased overall. Six adults, three kids, all had plenty
of space, and the pool was a big hit, especially for those coming from very
cold climates. House was immaculate, well-furnished and comfortable. Laundry
facilities especially appreciated, with three boys. Loved the neighborhood
feel, and the nearby park. Great for walks, general relaxation after the
hectic holidays. David was very easy to reach and helpful with questions,
minor issues. Useful to know what is covered by the resort office, and what
to count on with the house management group. Very quick response from the
latter to replace missing plunger, CO monitor batteries. All in all, a
Dave is an excellent owner. The house and its
equipments are in excellent condition, we enjoyed our family stay. The
proximity to Disney made it a snap to get there. The cost for being in
Christmas season superb.
I will surely rent again, when in Orlando.
had such an unforgettable experience staying at David's house! The ease in
working with him to book the stay first of all should never go unnoticed -
David was great. There were five children and four adults and we stayed for
12 days and 11 nights. We were able to balance relaxation at the house, 5
days at Disney, and three days at Universal. It was perfect. If we thought
the heat and parks were getting to us, we took a day off and spent it at the
house, in the pool and cooked out. This was all that was needed to get going
the next day. The house is very well kept and so comfortable. The kids slept
upstairs and the adults took the two kings on the first floor. Having a pool
and a spa at the house right out back was a highlight that made this trip
unforgettable. Every room - all the bedrooms, the bathrooms, the kitchen,
the living room, and the screened in patio out back gave everyone plenty of
room to relax in different spots and didn't feel at all like we were on top
of each other. We all had such a good time and like I said the house made
the trip unforgettable. Thanks David - you will definitely be hearing from
a great family holiday. This was the ideal family villa with plenty of space
for six adults and four children.
Each bedroom had plenty of room and large beds for all. Cupboard and draw
space of plenty and for that wish
to hang up their clothing, plenty of hangers. Found the villa all very clean
and tidy for our arrival. There was extra bedding and plenty of towels for
our stay, wash towels as well as pool towels. Enough pool furniture for all
around the pool with a couple of tables as well. Our thanks for our hosts, I
hope we will return again in the future.
We had a
group of 9 people staying at this house and everyone loved it! Such a great
feeling of walking into your vacation home and having it be exactly as
pictured and even better! 3 King Sized beds made us all want to go home and
buy new beds! Even with 9 people we never ran out of space to eat with the 2
dining areas. The decor was so stylish and we rented a grill and used all
the dishes to grill at "home" a few times. The location was ideal for us, so
close to all the parks and back roads to avoid the busy traffic areas. We
enjoyed the pool and hot tub with the screened patio just about every night
during around 7 night stay. The layout is ideal for a large group because
you felt you still had privacy even with 5 bedrooms. We can't say enough
about this beautiful house and would stay again on our next trip. Lastly,
David was so great to deal with. He responded quickly whenever we emailed
him and was patient with my questions along the way. All around perfect
Very clean well cared for. Close to Disney. Plenty of nearby restaurants.
Problems (minor) resolved immediatly. Will certainly use next visit to
We spent 2
weeks here, with our children and Grandchildren. I can't say enough about
the owner, he was the Best owner I have ever dealt with and we have rented
several homes in the past. He was patient with all my questions before and
while we were there.
We had a few minor issues, which were addressed, intermediately. The house
was very clean up-on arrival and felt very welcoming. It just as described,
perhaps even better, there was new furniture in the L.R. that was very
comfortable. Would definitely consider renting this house in the future.
Thanks once again.
stayed at this resort many times. This house was one of the best!!! The
owner was fantastic to deal with and everything was exactly as advertised. I
would recommend this vacation rental for anyone planning a trip to the
great all the way around. Perfect location for Disney, shopping and, dining.
Our vacation included 4 adults and 6 children who were all very comfortable
during our stay. The kids loved the pool area as the adults loved the hot
tub. Lots of room and located in a beautiful gated community. I would
certainly recommend this vacation rental to anyone looking for a beautiful
spacious home with all the amenities.
Mike from Michigan
here with our grown children and grandchildren. It felt like our home away
from home. So much nicer than staying in separate hotel rooms. Very close to
everything you could possibly need. Give them a call you won't regret it.
highly recommend, all the good reviews are correct, this is an excellent
property, clean, and well managed. Everything was as promised, really liked
the free wifi. The hot tub took 2 hours to warm up, but that was probably
because it was unseasonably cold the week we stayed there. Overall, I would
highly recommend this property and stay here again.
David was a
pleasure to work with. He made everything simple and was very informative.
The house was very close to Disney, it is very large and extremely clean.I
am very OCD and I'm always concerned about that ,when we Take vacations. it
was very cost efficient. I will never go back to renting hotel rooms . I
look forward to working with David again.
Arrived on July 24th for a 2 week holiday as a party of 11. House is huge.
Plenty of room for everyone. Huge garage which we used for hanging up the
washing and having it dry by morning. Pool and jacuzzi were great after long
days at the theme parks and shops.
Slight problem with safe key on arrival as previous guest had left with it
but after an e-mail to David it was fixed instantly.
Booking and correspondence with David was great, everything done quickly and
efficiently and all queries answered immediately.
Location of the property is great, Theme parks and shops 10 minutes drive.
Security guards at the gatehouse at night is great.
Holiday was great. House was just as described in the pictures.
Only problem and it was nothing to do with the property was that when we
left on Thursday 7th August to head for the airport, we stopped at Denny's
on 9880 International drive for some breakfast, we waited ages to be served
and afterwards returned to our vehicle to find that we had been robbed. The
thieves had punched the lock and had stolen 3 suitcases and all the hand
I e-mailed David on my return to the UK to tell him and to ask him to warn
all other guests to his property about the danger of leaving your vehicle
unattended with valuables and luggage inside. He promised that he would.
I would definately recommend David's house, it was clean, spacious,
affordable and he himself was a pleasure to do business with. The free
telephone calls home were also appreciated.
Thanks David. I look forward to returning again sometime in the future!
David was exceptional and a joy
to work with. Exceptional communication. Home location was exceptional and
minutes from Disney. Very peaceful and relaxing. Pool was warm and spa was
Hot, as it should be. We look forward to continued business with David..
This home was definitely one of
the nicest my family and I have ever stayed in. Very spacious. We loved
every second we spent there.
The home was very much as
described. Awesome. Everything worked fine, property was nice and clean.
Close to all amenities, attractions and best of all, the pool after a busy
day at Disneyworld. My wife's parents and our kids and grandkids all had a
blast. David was very eager to please us upon our stay. All the directions
and information was helpful as well as the people at the complex. Just ask
and you receive. We would come back and sty there again for sure.
Dorintosh, SK, Canada,
This is a great place to stay.
The house is fantastic. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and all the room we needed
for our Florida vacation. Close to Disney, with lots of great things to do
in Kissimmee. This location also had a swimming pool and hot tub, which was
great. The club house was awesome, very helpful and friendly staff. But most
of all, David was so nice and helped with every question and everything we
needed. I strongly recommend this house for your next Florida vacation.
Franklin, Carthage, MO
It's everything that you could
want in a vacation home. The kids loved the pool. Disney was real close. The
weather was great. Grandparents loved it. Also a nice place to visit with no
Dorintosh, SK, Canada
My husband and I stayed here
from 3/13/14-3/16/14 and it was absolutely wonderful! Everything from
booking to check out was smooth sailing. The house itself is beautiful, in a
safe gated community, and close to everything we needed. Relaxing in the
pool and hot tub in the afternoons was our favorite activity. Definitely a
great place for a few couples or a family to spend their vacation. We are
already talking about booking our next trip and staying here again :) Having
never rented a private home before, I was a bit nervous about it, but we
were so pleasantly surprised. Every time we returned "home" and walked in
the front door, we said to each other "This is awesome!" :) Thank you to
David and Jeannine for making the booking process so easy and for answering
all of my emails/questions quickly and thoroughly. We will most definitely
Ferguson, South Walpole, MA
After almost ripping my hair out
with other homeowners who had double booked and let me down, I emailed David
at The Gem. His staff and himself were very helpful and readily contacted us
with info to make booking a dream!!! The Gem was so clean and welcoming with
bright sunny deck from sun up til sun down. A =terrific Family Home and fun
We loved our stay at this house.
The owner, Dave, was great to work with and we found the house to be clean
and exactly what we expected. We used the hot tub every night to ease tense
muscles from days of walking around the parks. The beds were comfortable,
plenty of towels and perfect location! The gated neighborhood was great - we
will definitely be staying here again!
Ellen Adgte, Port Washington, WI
We loved the property from the moment
we entered! The location was great, rooms were comfortable and
welcoming....pool area was enjoyed by all as well as the open concept
kitchen eating and living areas. All of us had a great relaxing place to
return after a busy day of adventure:) The owners were great to deal with
from the very first interaction, I would highly recommend this rental!
Lydia Williams, Ontario, Canada
We are huge Disney fans and have
mad at least 18 trips in the last 25 years. This was our first time renting
a house for our expanding family and it was perfect. We will continue to
rent thru Dave as the experience was a pleasure. He provided friendly and
very timely emails for all rental procedures and the house was wonderful.
Everything that was promised was available upon our arrival and fit our
The Emerald Island Gem is a
beautiful and well maintained home. The floor plan was well thought out, and
this was the cleanest home we have rented at Disney yet (and we visit A
LOT!). The 24 hour security made us feel very safe, and the drive to Disney
takes less than 10 minutes! The home's layout is set up in a way that will
work for everyone. There are two spacious bedrooms downstairs and three
bedrooms upstairs, so it worked really well for our children and visiting
family. Having an extra highchair and playpen in the home was nice, as we
have twin babies, so we only had to bring one of each for this visit! We
highly recommend this home to anyone .. families with children and multiple
You will not be disappointed staying in
this beautiful home. Set in a beautiful manicured resort with security
guards on the gated entrance.
We loved the villa it was immaculately
clean. The high ceiling in the lounge was gorgeous and really homely.
For us the layout worked really well, 3
large bedrooms on the top floor, one bedroom has two, bigger than single
beds, and each of the other 2 bedrooms have double beds. Plus a
bathroom upstairs. Two more double bedrooms on the ground floor, one of
the double bedrooms has a huge double bed with fabulous en suite
Every bedroom has a TV and there is a huge
TV in the lounge room.
The towels were fluffy white better quality
than some private rentals, the washing machine and tumble dryer are
conveniently in the house not in the garage. And not forgetting the free
WiFi for techno addicts!
A lovely treat was the spa pool set inside
the swimming pool. We used it once, we were so busy visiting all the
theme parks that are easy to find and just a short ride from the home.
A Publix and Winn Dixie are a short
distance to the main road, as are many places to eat.
All in all a beautiful home, everything you
want is in this home. I really recommend it.
David is a pleasure to deal with too and
our security deposit was return promptly
Our stay at The Gem was
fantastic, there was 11 of us from all ages and we all had plenty of room
and wasn't running over each other. Our main purpose for our trip was our
granddaughter playing softball at the ESPN fields and we couldn't have asked
for a more convenient place to stay to go back and forth. Everything was
clean and had all the essentials that you would need, I absolutely loved the
open space between the ground floor and upstairs, easier to keep up with the
kids. Thanks you for all of your help and the information you sent us ahead
of time for our trip, the map was great for the parks and fields.
Clayton, North Carolina
What a fantastic holiday we had!
The villa is fantastic, amongst the best we've stayed in. Well maintained,
well equipped and ideally situated for all the local attractions. The resort
itself is beautiful, a real slice of luxury. Thank you so much for allowing
us to share your home - we'll certainly be back :-))
Because we were travelling with
four generations, finding a home with enough space and privacy was
important. W found the home to be exactly as advertised. It has a huge
master suite for the great-grandparents on the ground floor, as well as a
portable crib, high chair, and stroller for the baby. The kitchen was
well-equipped, and there were plenty of pillows, linen, and towels for
everyone. We spent lots of time in the pool. The deck chairs and small table
were great for lounging! The owner was very easy to deal with during the
booking process, and the information he sent regarding the house and the
resort made planning and check-in simple. We would definitely return to this
This home was FANTASTIC!! We had
MORE than enough room to accommodate the 12 of us in our family. The home
was clean, super close to everything you would want/need to do in Orlando,
and I loved the 24hr security making me feel safe! The pool was clean, the
hot tub was hot, and the staff made sure we had everything we needed! I will
absolutely book this home the next time we come to Orlando! Thank you for an
We had a great stay at this house.
The villa is well-maintained, was immaculate upon our arrival and it is a
quick drive to both Disney World and to places to load up on supplies
(Target, Walmart, etc...). The villa's layout is good, with two bedrooms on
the main floor, particularly for those travelling with small children or
with mobility issues. It was great to return to the south-facing pool for a
quick dip after a long day in the park. Dave was a pleasure to deal with,
providing quick and friendly email responses to any questions we had and
promptly returning our security deposit after our stay. Book with confidence
and enjoy your stay.
Gavin Hole, Toronto, Ontario
Great place to stay in the Disney
World Area. W stay in a couple of vacation rentals a year, all across north
America and this was definitely in the top tier of places we have rented.
The Home was very clean and had everything we needed. Plenty of space. Dave
was friendly and professional, excellent to deal with. Was very close to
Disney, outlet shopping, great restaurants, etc. The pool was great to have
at the end of the day to kick-back and relax in. If going to Disney World, I
highly recommend this place.
Geoff Anderson, Calgary, Alberta
Our stay at Dave's home was very
nice. The home was beautiful and clean. There were a few problems we
encountered...ie" coffee maker not working, lights blown out, cable TV in
front room not working (that one was due to Hurricane Sandy) - management
couldn't fix that one! -- that were quickly resolved by management. David
and family were great to us and we will plan on staying there again if we go
back to Disney! It was right down the street from the part and the back
roads to get to the parks were so easy to find with David's directions. The
club house was beautiful and had a lot of activities for the ids to do. We
were so busy with going to other things that we never took advantage of all
the club house had to offer. Maybe next time!!
Fred Smith, Providence, RI
My whole family stayed at the
villa and it could not have been any better. We chose this particular villa
as it was close to Disney, had 5 bedrooms, pool and spa, fully equipped and
it was just as the web site stated. It was very spacious and it was so close
to Disney, ideal as only a 10 minute car drive to the villa each time,
meaning more time in the theme parks. The pool and spa were a blessing,
wecould not get the children out each time. A great way to relax and unwind.
The house was fully equipped with everything you could need including towels
for the bathroom, pool and all bedding. The washing machine and tumble dryer
were both indoors and not in the garage. There was use of a booster chair
for small children, high chair and a choice of pushchairs to use. We were
very impressed with the gated complex with 24 hour security and the whole
complex was very clean, well kept and in a wonderful setting. My husband
enjoyed the short trip to the golf club. The shops and restaurants were very
close-by which we made good use of during our stay. We would definitely
impose on the owners for use this villa again and look forward to our next
trip. The whole booking was so smooth, even from the UK, we were very
Alison & Alan Poole, Dorset, UK
The home was very clean, updated
and comfortable. It was close to all of the attractions and in a quiet
neighborhood. We would stay here again in the future.
Carden, Miami, FL
This house was perfect
for our family’s recent Disney vacation! Very spacious, in great condition,
and the location is VERY convenient to all of the parks. The owner even
provided a “shortcut” with detailed directions to the parks which made it a
breeze to get there. The pool was perfect for the kids in the evening, and
the adults enjoyed the hot tub after a long day at the parks. A fully
equipped kitchen made it easy to make some meals at home. I would definitely recommend
this home, it is beautiful and the owner is fantastic to work with!
Leslie Sealy, Jacksonville, FL
We spent a week at this
wonderful property while we toured 6 parks in 6 days - then a day of just
rest and relaxation. The house was spacious, well maintained, clean and very
comfortable. The pool and hot tub were blessings after a full day at the
parks, walking and standing, walking and standing. The ability to go 9 - 6 at
the parks and then come "home" and relax, have a drink and make
dinner was perfect! And the convenience factor to all the major attractions,
restaurants and shopping was outstanding. No better way to Do Disney than
Danielle Slentz, St. Louis, MO
Just returned from my vacation at
this beautiful home!! I was a bit apprehensive in booking something on line
but this turned out to be such an easy & wonderful experience. The
listing & pictures were very accurate. I dealt with the owner David first
who was fantastic, he answered all my questions through email & a phone
call and the management co. was terrific as well. House was close to all the
Disney parks, shopping as well as many restaurants to choose from! Spacious
inside & out, clean & well maintained! Would recommend this home.
Would definitely stay there again!
Ennis, Goulds, Newfoundland
My family and I stayed at this
property when vacationing at Disney. The location was fantastic in regards to
Disney, as well as sales to shop and dine. The home was spacious and had
enough room to accommodate two families. The pool and Jacuzzi in the back was
a wonderful treat after a long day of walking around Disney. I would
definitely stay here again and also recommend it to others!
Sonya Reynolds Apex, NC
Great house !!! 3 friends and
myself stayed at this home and were very pleased. A lot of space. Access to
the internet. Pool and Spa was perfect! With so many nice golf courses
around, it was perfect for golfers like us!
Yanick Gouin Montreal, Canada
What a great home and place to
stay while visiting Disney World! The house was clean and the depiction on
the website was very accurate. There were ten of us and we had plenty of
room. The pool proved to be a favorite of our kids and they used it everyday
for several hours even after spending many hours at the parks. The parks were
all really close to the house. Legoland was also only about 35 minutes away!
I would definitely stay at the same house again as the owners made it very
easy to reserve and make payments. If you are looking for a place to stay
while visiting the Orlando area, this house is a great option!
Erin Rosenbloom (Ellicott City, MD)
My family and I traveled all from
different places to meet up in Orlando for a function. I've stayed at Emerald
Islands before but my family has never. Staying at Dave's house made them all
feel 'At Home' - the house was very comfortable and inviting. We found
everything that we needed to make our stay enjoyable. Everyone had there own
space and even when we were in the common areas we still have room to move
around. Dave the owner, was very accommodating and understanding to our
needs. We had an amazing time and can't wait to come back together and stay
there. We will be back!! Thank you Dave.
Nicole Henderson-Smith (Bahamas)
We spent a week at this beautiful
home with 3 adults and 5 teenagers. The location could not have been any
closer to Disney Gates (thanks for the short-cut directions!) It was nice to
pull into the driveway at the end of a long day and not have to haul through
a hotel lobby and wait for elevators. Stores and restaurants were located on
the drive back to the house for convenience. The home was nicely equipped and
we enjoyed sitting out on the lanai relaxing by the pool at night. The owner
was very helpful and easy to deal with, we never needed to utilize the
property management company, as we never had any type of issues. We would
definitely rent this home again on our next trip to Orlando!
H. Holley (Las Vegas, NV)
My family and I made it home last
night and I wanted to say you have a beautiful house. We had a blast!
Everyone had a great time. My little ones didn’t want to come out of the pool
LOL. My sister-in-law was so pleased with the house and the area that she is
thinking of getting a summer home in the area. If she doesn’t purchase a home
before we decided to return to Florida, I would love to use your house again
(if available). I would also like to thank you for the great customer service
you provided us. Talk to you soon.
L. Parker (Chicago, IL)
What a great home and place to
stay while on vacation in Florida! The house was clean and it was depicted on
the website just as it appears in person. There were nine of us and we had
plenty of room. The pool proved to be the greatest asset as our kids used it
everyday for several hours even after spending many hours at the Disney
parks, and the hot tub was great to soak our sore feet! The parks were all
really close to the house as were the two non-Disney parks we visited. I
would definitely stay at the same house again as the owners made it very easy
from minute one. If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting the
Orlando area, this house is a great option!
What a gorgeous home. Our family
of three plus our parents had a wonderful stay at this resort. My Dad is
still talking about his trip/stay at Emerald Island. There was lots of room
for everyone. Sleeping in a king size bed was great and the pool/hot-tub was
awesome for all, especially our teenager!!! The owner was very helpful and
made our arrival to this home with ease...thanks!! I have been telling my
friends what a great spot to stay while visiting in Florida and it was close
to everything. Thanks again for making our holiday a very enjoyable one!!
Christine (Newfoundland, Canada)
Our stay at Emerald Island was
fantastic. The house, pool and Jacuzzi were absolutely immaculate. I would
definitely stay in the same house every year. We had 5 girls and 4 adults and
we had more than enough space. Everything was beyond our expectations. The
neighborhood was beautiful, safe and highly accessible to everything. The
owners went beyond the call of duty to make sure we had everything in order.
KK (Richmond, VA)
This is an excellent choice for anybody who is looking for a
house to rent. The house was very clean, very nice but best of all the owner of
the house was very easy to deal with. This was my 3rd house rental in Florida
an is was my favorite, and would definitely rent it again the next time I go
My family of five plus my mom and
dad, and my brother and sister-in-law stayed here very comfortably. We had
plenty of space to retreat to after a long day of togetherness. There are two
dining tables to eat and play games. The pool and hot tub are a plus when it
comes to relaxation. It is secure in lovely gated community. It is a very
affordable housing option. And it REALLY is just a short drive from Disney's
gates! There is plenty of shopping and restaurants around the corner. You
can't go wrong with this house!
Great experience !!! 3 business
associates and myself stayed at this home and were very pleased. A lot of
space. Access to the internet. Pool and Spa. A great deal and a great house
!!! Would absolutely do it again. Thanks David. Best Regards, Mike Epstein
Mike (Mount Laurel, New Jersey)
was a beautiful vacation in a beautiful house within a great gated
community. The house was very clean and spacious. Everything is provided
and is much nicer than a hotel with a homier feel. It is great for families
and/or friends. This is the second time we've stayed here and would
definitely come back.
Falcone, Miami, Fl.
house. Clean and comfortable at a nice location.
Me and my family had a wonderful time and we hope
to stay there again. Thank you, David, for everything!
Sao Paulo, Brazil
loved this place. There was plenty of room for all
12 of us. Especially nice for 14 mo. old. Pool was
great along with great weather. Kitchen was very
adequate for large group. Very clean place.
So much better than a hotel
room or even a suite! The house was in a lovely community with it's own
private pool/spa which was a bonus, no
trucking the kids down to a community pool. The house was so spacious and
clean. There was only four of us, so we had plenty of space. It was nice on
those rainy afternoons to have space for everyone to spread out to play or
take those lazy afternoon naps. Another great feature was the close
proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort area. We were to most parks 5-10
minutes. Great to have the house on those days where we didn't do much
"park hopping". Owner was very helpful and prompt with any
questions or problems. Will definitely stay again for our next family
vacation to Disney!
& David Apgar, Williamstown, NJ
Amazing! The pictures don't do
this house justice. Very roomy and very spacious. Had some guests over for
dinner one night and not once did anyone feel crowded or cramped. The pool
was amazing. We will definitely be returning here! Not one single complaint!
Don't think twice! This is the place to stay at!
just got back from a full week at the resort. We were very satisfied with
the house. We had a total of 9 people (5 children), and it was perfect to sleep
all of us. Everyone enjoyed the swimming pool! Dave was very prompt in my
questions, and made us feel right at home! We certainly appreciated the
tips for Disney as well. We will certainly be back!
& Lora Karcher, Van Wert, Ohio
17, 2010 Wonderful place to stay. Our family rented the house for the week
of 5/09/2010. We were extremely pleased with the experience. The owner was
very professional and up front. The gated community was extremely nice and
everything about the house was first class. A big plus was that this house
is close to Disney World. Highly recommended.
Jefcoat, Bay Springs, MS
just got back from a two week vacation in this lovely home.
We had a wonderful time with our grandchildren. The weather cooperated
The heated pool and spa was great and it is wonderful to have a screened in
pool so that insects are not an issue at all.
The house is close to all the things we like to do on vacation, eat and
We also enjoyed the fact that we did not have to spend our last day doing
laundry as the house uses a service. The towels were so white and fluffy
that we felt very pampered.
TVs and king beds in all the rooms was also a plus but most of the time
when we watched tv we did it together on the big screen in the family room.
The table off the kitchen was perfect for a rousing game of euchre.
The resort itself is gated and we felt very secure.
The owner went out of his way to make sure that everything went well and
helped us out with unloading luggage early. Very restful and fun vacation.
and Merle Yockey, Fort Wayne, IN
house was fantastic! It was very clean and accommodating for 2 adult families.
We especially appreciated the comfortable bedrooms and heated pool and
Jacuzzi. The owner was extremely professional and a pleasure to deal with.
A definite higher quality rental in this resort community. We would stay at
this home again!
Baldelli & Riccardi Families, Danbury, CT
just came back from Florida and stayed here at Emerald Island! This house
is BEAUTIFUL!! The house was so clean, the bedrooms were great. We had a
family of 9 and the house was so big no one was cramped!! The pool was
wonderful!! Heated which felt great after walking in the Disney Parks all
day! This house is VERY CLOSE to all the Disney Parks! There are all
shops/stores up the road for food/shopping/etc. We were so sad to leave the
place...did NOT want to return to NJ in 2 ft of snow!! :) Thank you David
for a beautiful and enjoyable stay! We will definitely be returning again!
DeSimone, Brick, NJ
stayed Christmas & New Years 2009 with children & grandchildren.
Very close to Disney and other parks. Beautiful home and in very clean
shape. Children enjoyed the pool all day. Would recommend this home for any
& Sharon, Ontario, Canada
Just came back from a week in
this beautiful house. We brought our grandchildren down to Disney World for
Thanksgiving week, and this house was perfect for our family. I love that there
are no twins or bunk beds - everyone had a roomy, comfortable bed. The
location is so close to the parks - it took no time at all to get there and
start having fun. The pool/spa was the best therapy after a day in the
parks! It really helped to soothe our aching legs and relax us before
sleep. Looking forward to staying here again the next time we come to
Joan Sperger, Glenside, PA
rent vacation homes a lot and this is one of the best. The home was clean and
comfortable and the owners are caring and considerate. Would highly
recommend this home. We had a great vacation at Disney renting offsite is
the only way to go. Thanks David and Christine for opening your home to my
Scott, Columbus Ohio
20 of us came down for a
softball tourney and we had a great time at the house. Everything was very
nice in the house and we were very close to everything. We will make sure
to try and stay at the house again next summer.
Chris, Savage, MN
I was responsible for obtaining
lodging for my family reunion. Happily, I lucked upon this home during an online
search. We were all COMPLETELY pleased with the facilities of this vacation
home. Dave was very helpful and professional, and a pleasure to work with.
If you are considering renting this home, I say do not hesitate - go for
it! You will soon find yourself writing a positive recommendation, just
Christine Brock, Brooklyn, NY
We had such a great time in
Florida, and we saved a bundle! It was so nice to be able to come back to a
spacious home at the end of long, hot days. I love the fact that the house
had BIG beds, rather than just twins and bunks. It was so nice to be close
to Disney, have our own pool and have a place to kick back and relax.
Thanks for a great week!
Lindsay Wahl, Aurora, IL
With 9 family members in our
party, Disney hotel prices for a week had us frustrated and overwhelmed.
This rental house was the perfect solution and allowed us to enjoy more relaxed
family time cooking breakfast, enjoying the pool, and playing cards in a
peaceful environment away from all of park crowds and chaos. The kitchen
allowed us to store drinks and snacks which we took to the parks in our
backpacks. It is a perfect alternative we highly recommend!
The Suchodolski Family, Blue
We recently stayed in this home
and had a great time. It is a beautiful vacation home and the owner was
very helpful and easy to get in touch with. We were vacationing with other
family members, so there were 8 of us staying here and there was plenty of
room for everybody. The kids spent most of their time in the pool. We loved
how close we were to Disney and the fact that so many restaurants were
close by. We have rented homes in other resorts, but plan on choosing
Emerald Island from now on.
Pace Family, Monticello, AR
really loved this house. It was very clean and had everything we could
possibly need. My five year old daughter loved waking up in the morning and
jumping in the pool. It was so much fun, she cried when it was time to come
home (not kidding she really did). We would definitely stay here again. You
cant beat the location either. So close to everything yet quiet and
peaceful. I miss it already and cant wait to vacation there again. Thank
you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home.
This house was FANTASTIC! We
had such a great time on our vacation and this house was the
"GEM" of it. It was so nice to have a beautifully decorated,
clean, huge house to come back to everyday after fun in the parks. We went
with another family and it was great that we could all have our own
bedrooms and bathrooms! It was wonderful to get up and make are own
breakfast and sit around and plan our day by the pool! I would stay in this
house again each time I am in the Orlando area.
Renee, Westport MA
This house was absolutely
beautiful! Very spacious, clean and had everything we needed! The kids
loved the pool and hot tub, and it was so nice being only minutes from the
parks! I would definitely stay again! :)
We just loved staying at
Emerald Island Gem! The house was very spacious and beautifully decorated
which met all the needs of my extended family! After a full day at Disney
we were eager to retreat back to this lovely home for a late dinner and
swimming! Once exhausted we could comfortably drop into bed for a wonderful
nights rest just to get up and do it again! Disney was only minutes away
and our host was gracious to give us the "back way directions" to
Disney which allowed us to miss most of the traffic. This home was ideal for
a full week of Disney fun and Florida sun!
I just got back from this home
and it couldn't have been better. Four of us went to Orlando to get away from
the cold and play some golf. We were swimming in the heated pool in 94
degree water in January. The Jacuzzi was 104 degrees. They felt great after
a round of golf. The size of the beds were awesome. It's hard to find 3
king beds in one home. This home would be great for a large family
vacation. The computer in the family room was also convenient for checking
e-mail or checking in with your airline for your flight home. I highly
recommend this home for your Orlando vacation.
New Freedom, PA
My family and I recently stayed
a week at one of your homes. The home was very accommodating as we had 11
people in our party. The location was very convenient to the Disney,
shopping and restaurants. I would highly recommend this property to anyone.
The home was very clean when we arrived and decorated very nicely. The pool
and hot tub were life savers for the children during the times we were at
the house. I would definitely stay at this property again and hope to be
able to do so soon!
Terry, Hartsville, SC
We rented two houses (back to
back from each other) in this neighborhood for our large family for Christmas.
This house was the best! It was beautifully decorated, clean, spacious, and
had everything we could possibly need. It is in a great location for Disney
World, etc. This was one of the most memorable Christmas's we've had. We
would HIGHLY recommend this home to anybody and we would love to rent it
and Kim Radford, The Woodlands, Texas
My family and I had a wonderful
time at your home. From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left, we were
pleased with every aspect of this vacation rental. We cannot say enough
about your home -- It has the perfect combination of location, convenience,
price, and comfort! The secured gated community and active clubhouse added
even more convenience (having Mickey and Santa come the the clubhouse is
very convenient). Additionally, It's great that your home is
"child-ready" with a pack-n-play, high chair, and stroller. When
planning our next vacation to Disney, my search for a house is over. I found
it with your home! Thanks agaoin for such an easy, wonderful, and relaxing
Arria, Medford, MA
had a wonderful few days at your home. The house was very clean and comfortable
especially the 3 kings beds. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool and the
hot tub. And the community is awesome!! I just wish we could have stayed
for some more days. Thanks.
house was beautiful! The pool was heated and perfect for night swimming.
The location is ideal, 5 minutes from Disney and tons of restaurants and a
supermarket. We've stayed in Disney before but highly recommend this house.
Big enough for everyone to have their own room so we weren't on top of each
other, which is a huge deal when vacationing with other people!
Armyn, New York
house was just fabulous. With 10 people of which 4 were kids there was plenty
of room. The three king size beds are great for families, and the distance
to Disneyworld was so close. The house is immaculate and is decorated like
you would decorate your house.
Nicholaou, Cleveland, Tennessee
house was great! Plenty of room to stretch out in and the
pool/hot tub was wonderful. It was also great to have 3 king size beds.
The location was convenient to Disney and Universal. I would definitely
recommend this property to anyone. You won't regret it!
Caruthers, Charleston, WV
would like to thank you for allowing our family to stay in your beautiful home
for our vacation. The home was very clean and accommodating, with lots of
amenities. It's also in a great location. We look forward to our Florida
vacation next year and hope that we can spend it in your home again.
and Mrs. Robbins
stay was phenomenal! The house was more than what we expected. The location
was perfect for everything surrounding the Disney area. I will definitely
return again, very soon.
Boson, Houston, Texas
many thanks!! The house was CLEAN and just as described on the website. We
were very pleased and have told many of our friends about this particular
house. Thanks again, we had a blast!!
days at this resort and the Emerald Island Gem was too short. This was a
family vacation which everyone enjoyed. The house was excellent and met all
our needs. The pool and hot tub were especially appreciated. We hope to
return in the future and would highly recommend it to both family and
friends. The security and staff at the resort were always helpful and
friendly. This Disney vacation was enhanced by the accommodations and it
closeness to all amenities.
Smeaton, Kingston, NS, Canada
902 765 8153
hosted my family of 12 from the Philippines in this trip. I cancelled
original reservations at a hotel in the park in favor of this house. It was
a very good decision because it was just the kind of place that we needed
for a reunion after more than 2 years. It was well maintained, comfortable,
well equipped & furnished, accessible and definitely more affordable.
It was just like being home away from home.
Sales, Reading, PA
many Disney trips under our belt, we really appreciated the spaciousness of
staying in a home versus a hotel. It was convenient to all the parks and stores
and area restaurants. The decor was tasteful and inviting and after long
days in the parks, it was nice to have a place to spread out and relax. The
hot tub was a soothing place to soak tired muscles and the pool was a great
place to begin our day. We would definitely stay there again and recommend
it to others. Thank you for all your assistance!!
Johnson & Regan Families, Williamstown N.J.
just got home from our GREAT stay at Emerald Island Resort! The clubhouse
staff were SO nice and able to answer questions for us. Also, the house was
UNBELIEVABLE! (so much better than expected) Couldn't have asked for more.
It was CLEAN and inviting. Perfect for our family in everyway. There were
only 4 of us in our family, it was perfect for us to spread out... more
than enough room (+ some). The master bedroom and bath are wonderful (I
could have stayed in there for days myself without leaving). Thanks to
David for all his help!
house is gorgeous!! I knew it was going to be nice by looking at the
pictures, but its even better when you see it in person. I liked it so much
I am considering buying one in the beautiful neighborhood in which it is
Weed, Williamstown, NJ
house was gorgeous! There is not one bad thing we could say about it. You
can't beat having your own pool! I will never stay at a hotel again.
was a fantastic vacation home with everything you could possibly need for a
great holiday. The pool area was excellent with plenty of sun loungers so very
relaxing! Emerald Island Resort is in a very convenient yet quiet location
with all the restaurants, shops and theme parks being just a short drive
The house was perfect!
Beautiful, spacious, clean & worth the money. My kids couldn't get
enough of the pool. I would HIGHLY recommend this home to others and I
would DEFINITELY rent it again.
The stay was very relaxing. The
house was located close to everything. We highly enjoyed the swimming pool
and hot tub. The house had all of the bells and whistles. We will try to
stay here again
had thoughts about renting a vacation home, but heard so much about it from
a friend, so i gave it a chance. And i like to say that it was a great
decision we made. The home was beautiful and the kids loved the pool. It
was like the home away from home! We highly recommend it!
Munoz, CHICAGO, IL
stayed at The Emerald Island Gem in Oct. of 2004, 2005, 2006, and we're
counting down to our Oct. 2007 stay. We wouldn't want to stay anywhere
else. The house is spacious, clean and well-equipped for kids and adults.
The rental agency makes the whole process simple and seamless. We get a lot
of space for the money--a much better value than a hotel. Having a home
base outside of Disney makes our vacations a pleasure--tired kids can go to
bed while adults can stay up, we have things to do at home on rainy days,
etc. We can dine in or out as we please, and can go back and forth to the
Disney parks in a few short minutes. We would recommend this house to
anyone; just not for the last week of October--that's ours!
L., Towson, MD
just returned from our fabulous family vacation. What can I say about this
home? It was beyond our expectations. The decor was absolutely beautiful
and it was extremely clean. The resort community is beautiful and safe with
a gated entrance. The pool at the house was a god send after along day at
the parks. I will recommend this home to anyone I know planning a trip to
Florida. Thank you for making our vacation so wonderful.
Piccone, Sicklerville NJ
just returned from a week in this tastefully decorated home in a very
convenient and safe location to Disney Universal studios and SeaWorld, We
cancelled some plan just so we could enjoy the perfectly heated pool and
hot tub and 52 inch big screen. This place is awesome, you have tried the
rest now book the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! But beware you will not be able to go
back to anything less. Thanks JC
VANRIPER, VIRGINIA BEACH VA
highly recommend this villa for your next vacation. The house was super clean
and we loved the safety of the gated community. The kids loved the pool. We
are going to recommend this villa to all our friends and family.
Carol, Zack and Matt Vautour, Richibucto, NB Canada
house exceeded our expectations in every way! We took our children and
grandkids and everyone was thrilled. The heated pool was great after a
Disney Day, just to allow the kids to play and the adults to re-charge. I
will definitely return and would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful
home to family and friends, except for the week I want!
Hyndman, Williamstown NJ 08094
a nice house and what a pleasure it was to be able to fit our whole family
at the same place on vacation. We really enjoyed the fact that the house
had so many King sized beds and double beds, great accommodations! Loved
the pool and the location. We recommend this home to anyone looking for a
great place for the family to vacation while in Orlando. Thank you very
very much, we were totally pleased with everything!
Ancell's, Denver, CO
highly recommend this villa for your next Orlando vacation. The house was
very clean, and it exceeded my expectations. I have rented three vacation
villas in Orlando, and this is the first villa that I could not think of
anything to add. The experience is considerably better than a hotel room,
and the location is terrific. This will be my first vacancy check when
planning our next trip to Orlando, and I unequivocally recommend it.
family just returned from a week in Disney World. Instead of staying in a
crammed and noisy hotel room, we decided to try a house this time. What a
great decision. The Emerald Island Gem was incredible. We felt at home
immediately in this beautiful, spacious and extremely clean house. There
was so much room for all 5 of us to spread out and the girls thoroughly
enjoyed their own private swimming pool! I would definitely stay in this
home again. It was so close to all the parks and there were unlimited
places to eat all around. I have already recommended this home to family
and friends. Thanks for a great vacation!
& Frank Stella, Turnersville, NJ
You all so much for a safe and comfortable stay. We had so much fun and the
directions were easy to find. We definitely will consider your home in the near
future to stay again! We also have showed others your home for their
vacation ideas. Thanks Again!
Mrs. Ralph Vallejo, Adrian, Michigan
had an absolutely AWESOME stay at this lovely vacation home. We loved all
of the comforts of home and felt right at home as soon as we arrived. The
house is very clean and big enough for a family or 2 families who need
space. So much better than a crowded hotel room and very affordable. Thanks
Dave and Christine for sharing your beautiful home with us!
and Dean Harding, Turnersville N.J.
loved our stay at our beautiful home in Emerald Island. It was perfect for
our family and the pool was a BIG hit with our children. We will definitely
come back and stay in your home again. Thanks for making our vacation so
& Gene Dina, Berlin, NJ
have just returned from a family vacation in FL. 12 of us (3 generations)
stayed at the Emerald Island Gem & were quite happy with the
accommodations. It is a lovely house, very well decorated, very clean. I
have already recommended the house to some coworkers and friends.
V., Chicago, IL
stay at Emerald Island Resort was wonderful. In our opinion, it was a smart
alternative to staying at Disney World. We had a large group so having a
home made it much more practical. The house was nicely decorated and child friendly.
We would highly recommend it to anyone.
& Sheila, Kansas City
vacation to Florida (Disney) was a dream come true for our 5 year old
daughter and a very special 1st birthday for our youngest daughter. My entire
family loved the privacy of the gated community, the cozy enclosed pool/spa
area and the beauty of the GEM home. This Christmas will always hold
special memories for me and you helped make that happen.
Starghill & Family, Detroit, Mi
Family and I spent four days in your beautiful home and hated to have to
leave. The kids loved the heated pool. Although it was cold outside, in the
water it was great! We look forward to returning again next year and
spending more time. Thanks for allowing us into your home. It truly is a
Santos, Miami, Florida
had a lovely vacation with our family. The villa was very cozy and warm. We
were at Disney most of our waking hours, but the kids did enjoy the
swimming pool and the adults enjoyed the spa and really like that it was
screened in. The location was great if it is convenience you are looking
for in the distance you travel to get to Disney. We will be visiting again
in the near future! Thanks for your hospitality in sharing your condo with
we had a fantastic time and your home was the best thing about it! We had a
great time at all the theme parks but we loved coming back to the pool and
our little piece of sanity. Our daughter actually learned how to swim in
your pool. She has been swimming many times before at our public pool, but
because she had at least two hours a day in the pool, she built up a huge
amount of confidence and had her head under the water and kicking by the
end of the first week - boy was she proud ! Our second week just flew by -
when we told her it was almost time to go home, she replied "but I don't
want to go back to our other house".
Deakin Family, Maple Ridge, Canada
Island Gem is a truly beautiful home. It is immaculate and very well
We chose the Emerald Island resort because of its gated security. The
location is absolutely perfect for Disney and everything else in Orlando.
We met up with family from Canada and had a fantastic 2 weeks. We all
agreed that the house really made the holiday.
I wouldn't hesitate in booking again in the future or recommending it to
family or friends.
& Mrs. R Taylor + Family, UK + Canada
you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. We were
thrilled with the pool and spa as well as the interior of your house which
is gorgeous. I was originally skeptical of staying outside of WDW, but your
home proved to be not only extremely convenient to the parks but to
restaurants, shopping, and other recreational activities as well. We look
forward to staying at Emerald Island Gem the next time we head down to the
Orlando Area. Thanks again!
Gladden, Berwyn, Pa
husband and I took our children, their friends, and my sister and brother-in-law
to the Emerald Island Gem for March break. It was awesome! The pictures
on-line only somewhat reveal the beauty and comfort of this home. It is
also a comforting thing at this time of year to know that no matter what
the weather or the time of day, you will be able to enjoy your own pool and
the hot tub. The owner was also very kind and considerate in answering any
additional questions or concerns we had considering the process of renting
the property. Again, a truly awesome experience and returning here again is
Robinson, LaSalle, Ontario
would highly recommend this house, its a real home away from home!. You
have all the amenities you need and more. Pool and spa was beautiful. My
Mum & Dad loved the house and are still telling their friends about it!
The area is nice and quiet so you can relax after spending a day in Disney.
It is quite close to all the parks. You have a wide range of restaurants to
choose from. If we were to return to Florida this is where I would stay.
enjoyed our stay in the Emerald Island Gem over the Thanksgiving holiday. The
house is very warm and cozy with a nice spa and pool that were welcomed
relaxation in between theme parks. The furniture is very comfortable and
the tropical theme that is carried throughout the house truly make it feel
like you are coming home at the end of the day. We recommend this
convenient retreat and hope to return in the future. We cooked Thanksgiving
had a great time in Florida and the house we rented was very nice, I would definitely
recommend it to anyone and would love to visit again! Thanks for making it
a great vacation and making it feel like a home away from home. :)
week-long experience at Emerald Island Gem was very positive. The home was
nicely furnished, as advertised. Our family loved the screened pool and
having the use of the washer and dryer was very convenient. It was close to
Disney, other attractions, and the airport. There were many restaurants
within a short distance to select from.
Androsky, Linden Michigan
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3 King Size Beds
- 1 Queen Size Bed
- 2 Full Size Beds
- 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
Florida law limits a 5-bedroom
house to 12 people in vacation rental homes.