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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Haines City, Florida

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Dibdob197...
1 review
“Fantastic stay!”
Reviewed 20 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Our stay at Little Mermaid Villa was fantastic. There was everything you could possibly want in the villa from endless towels to all your cooking utensils. Location was excellent. Really was home from home. John and Julie could not have been more helpful before we went and whilst we were there. If this is your first time to Florida and you are thinking about booking all parts of your trip separately but are at all nervous John and Julie will help you through the whole thing. All in all a fantastic 2 weeks, thanks very much.

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Management Response
27 May 2013
Thank you Debbie. I hope you will return soon and again enjoy the villa. Thank you for taking your time to submit the review and letting others see that the villa is something special.
john
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manz42
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 15 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

We have just returned from staying in this villa. I have to say i have hired villas at least twice a year for a number of years and i can honestly say i have never dealt with such professional, honest, accomodating people in all my life. Nothing was to much trouble for Julie and John, they take great pride in their villa, and it shows as everything is there simple instructions on how to use everything. If any problems dealt with immediately and promptly. The villa is well positioned no one overlooking, safe gated community and management on hand if any queries which are dealt with promptly. Aldi and Wallmart both close by for stock and cheap. well recommended can not wait to go back, thank you Julie and John for ensuring our holiday was memorable and not dissapointing. The jacuzzi and pool were FAB.

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Management Response
19 Mar 2013
What a lovely review!!. Thank you so much ..and for taking the time to sit down and give others your honest opinion. As you will no doubt be aware of John takes great pride in his "baby"! As you may gather John ensures the villa is as he would expect a villa to be if he was renting.... So Amanda when you return next you will be able to enjoy the villa even more. You told us you hope to come back and we look forward to having you back in the villa with your children..you must bring them with you next time to enjoy the jacuzzi, pool and shopping! Thank you for taking care of the villa .. like all our other guests you treated the villa with care and respect and for that we are so grateful. Really do look forward to your return with your family. Again many thanks for reviewing the villa so others are able to see what the villa has to offer. Reviews such as this one make all John's hard work so worth while. Thank you
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David S
Falkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed 22 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Best compliment we could give is that this property is a HOME not a RENTAL! Having stayed in villas a number of times in Orlando and Europe have to say this was the best. From our initial enquiry till we got home everything was perfect. John and Julie are great to deal with and have loads of advice/tips and would be especially useful if it was your first trip to Florida.
Roll on the next time we stay!

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Liked best: Dindn't feel like a rental property - felt like a home.
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
1 Mar 2013
Dave I am really glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for the kind words. We are so pleased people are taking the time to review the villa and to share their experience of staying in the villa with others. We look forward to your return very soon. Thank you again for sharing your views on the villa for others to see. John
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stevegran...
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“home from home”
Reviewed 24 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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How do you start to describe a brilliant place? I must admit I was blown away with the villa. We arrived about 7.30 and the directions to the villa could not of been easier to follow. (Thanks John) the key pick up was simple and we just walked in and could not believe the place was just like someone's home not at all like a rental.The hardest thing to do was pick who had which bedroom.The family group age range was 10 to 82. So to please everybody was amazing.The saying it has everything is so true down to blow up toys for the pool and plenty of local information.Julie even suggested that we picked up bread and milk on the way in at the local store {with directions as well)

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Liked best: being there
Liked least: having to leave
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups
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Management Response
31 Jan 2013
Thank you to all your family for the lovely comments you relayed to me on returning home. It made a horrible snowy day bearable. I am so grateful you have taken the time to share your "holiday experience" with others who are now reading the reviews. I put so much into making this villa one people want to visit more than once and comments such as yours make it all worth while. Thank you again.. hope to see you back there soon...John
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neil p
liverpool
1 review
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“The Little Mermaid Villa Had Everything”
Reviewed 30 December 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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Browsing through the trip advisor website this evening I decided to look up Little Mermaid Villa where we stayed this year and are looking to book again in 2014. I then realised I am able to give a review on the villa and hope the review I give here will help people make an informed decision to stay here based on my opinion.
Travelling as a party of five adults and one child we came across the villa by chance and requested rental rates from the owner, along with rental quotes from other villa owners at same time.
The owner of this villa was back to me within the hour giving rates and further information on what the villa offered and also directed me to his website www.littlemermaidvilla.co.uk where we were able to view an online video tour of the home plus further photos and video footage.
I then decided to book the villa and on paying deposit received a receipt plus further very helpful information. The owner not only assured me that anything I needed help with he would be only too happy to assist, but he also advised me that my ESTA as its known would have to be valid which I had completely forgotten about and renewed prior to travelling. He also talked me through any concerns I had as I had stayed in villas before and had found some villas not very nice. I wanted everything to be perfect on this visit. I was assured that staying at his villa would be a pleasurable one and that my concerns would be forgotten on my arrival. And he was correct.
Sending the directions a week prior to our stay the owner had requested details of the airport we were flying into and gave easy to follow directions tot he villa even talking us through getting out of car on drive and where to find keysafe etc...little points which after a long flight are so helpful even details of where the alarm is located and password needed if alarm set of by accident..it was all little things but so relevant
When we arrived at the villa we were not disappointed with our home for the three week stay. The place was stunning! Spacious, nicely decorated and was -as pointed out by other reviewers- beyond our expectations. First thing we adult did was to sit by poolside after long flight and simply take in the surroundings and the peace and quiet of the evening. The baby was put in the cot, we had a nice cup of tea and went to bed planning already what we were going to do the next day.
Next morning we woke and went out to pool area and the sun was on pool area and we realised the pool area was as promised...totally private and not overlooked which for us was a bonus as one of our party was worried we would have people from other villas looking in at our pool!
We spent our first full day settling in and were impressed by the fact that at 11am US time we received a call from the owner to ask if all was ok and if we needed help with anything...the answer was no as there is a booklet at the villa covering everything you need to know from where local shops are, information on driving over in Orlando, to details on local GP. chemist etc ;even details on how to dial home. Little things that are alien to you when you're in another country. My wife commented that the owner had thought of everything. Which coming from her is a VERY big compliment!
Villa was spotlessly clean, shining clean infact ! Rooms are well proportioned and very spacious. The two master bedrooms are lovely with their en suite bathrooms and the twin bedded rooms are tastefully decorated with their shared bathroom.
Kitchen is very big and has all the utensils needed if you are silly enough to cook when on holiday! There is also a large table with chairs for all the family.
There is a utility room with large washer and dryer plus leading off there is a games room with pool table basketball and table football which they called foosball. We used the games room the few times we had days off from shopping and theme parks.
The location of the villa is great. We did Clearwater one day and St Petersburg another day and we were impressed with the ease of travelling to both places from the villa. LEGOLAND was very close by for the baby of the family and while it is best for under 11's we men relived our childhood memories of lego when we visited there.
The parks were very easy to get to and were only 15 and 20 minutes to their respective turn off on the Interstate Four.
We would leave the villa for 10am and many evening got home after 10pm calling to Manny's for a meal on the way home.
When leaving the villa to return to England we decided we would return in 2014 and intend to do so. We have travelled extensively over the past 7-8 years enjoying stays in privately owned villas but have never ever stayed in a villa like this one plus been given the service and care the owner gave us at this villa.
I do hope that this review is helpful to people looking to book this villa and I hope if you book with John that you have the memorable stay my family and I had at The Little Mermaid Villa

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Not one bad thing only bad thing is we had to come home!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
9 Jan 2013
Thank you again for another booking! I hope you enjoy yet another stay at the villa and thank you for your lovely review.It is good of you to take the time to provide the review and to give people an insight into the lovely time you had at the villa..Happy New Year ... John
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ChrisR49
Surbiton, Surrey
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“WOW! - What a find!!!”
Reviewed 13 November 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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person found this review helpful

Had a glorious month at The Little Mermaid Villa. This villa has it all. . . very spacious rooms, all mod cons, heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, games room for the children, FREE international telephone calls to keep in touch back home. The villa was extremely well equipped and very comfortably furnished. There was just about everything you could possibly need. The location was very tranquil and ideal for relaxing after a hectic day at the parks. The main Disney Parks are about 25-30 minutes easy driving from the villa. There were numerous restaurants and shops, including a large Walmart, about three or four minutes drive away.
John (the owner) and his wife Julie, were absolutely brilliant. They gave us so much help, tips and advice which made planning our trip and getting around, very easy.
Robin, the villa manager, was also extremely helpful and friendly. She sorted out a couple of extremely minor issues very fast indeed.
All in all we can't thank John and Julie enough for helping make our first trip to Florida such a memorable one.
We shall certainly return at some date in the future and class this villa as a home away from home!!!

Thanks again, Chris & Cath Raymond

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Liked best: John, the owner, and his wife Julie were magnificent. If only all property owners were as caring as they were!!!
Liked least: Having to come home!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
6 Dec 2012
Thank you for sharing your "memorable" holiday with others looking to book Little Mermaid Villa...and I look forward to seeing you visit again very soon..John
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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 October 2012 for a stay in June 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Name and location of the villa, and the excellent service provided by the owner
Liked least: 29/06/12 boarding our flight home :(
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
1 Dec 2012
So kind of you to take the time to review the villa..Julie will be pleased she was able to offer advice. We do hope you will return to the villa and are happy we helped to make your first visit one you will remember for ever...John
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