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ChrisinNJ
01-09-2008, 08:47 AM
I have been online every day for about a week now looking at condo after condo, townhouse after townhouse, villa after villa.

I have never rented a vacation home before, so I know it is fear of the unknown, but I am just worried that the place will be icky, and my DH will say, "See, I told you we should have gone back to the Marriot Residence Inn, but NO, you had to save money & book this crummy place instead!"

I am trying to get the most for our limited $$$$, but I don't want to screw up my vacation in the process!!!

The one I am leaning toward is Mickeys Safari Condo in Windsor Hills.

Help me decide!

Christine

lucyanna girl
01-09-2008, 09:15 AM
Sorry, I can't help you, I'm about to drive myself batty trying to find a villa that will sleep up to fourteen people this summer. The ones I find that I am sure they will like are over my budget, the ones that fit my budget are booked.

I think I am over-analyzing this. Surely just being in Orlando for two weeks will be enough.

Good luck to you.

Penny

HeatherC
01-09-2008, 09:24 AM
ChrisinNJ - I think you will be fine. I've never stayed at that particular one, but we rent villas every time we go. Have NEVER been disappointed.

Because there is so much competition in Orlando, owners do have to keep their places nice if they want them to rent and have people come back again.

Windsor Hills is very nice and in a great location. Have you checked out the reviews on tripadvisor?

I'm sure you will have an awesome time!!

HeatherC

FLA NUT
01-09-2008, 09:45 AM
I was in your same spot this time last year. We had never stayed off-property. I was so scared that I was going to screw up our vacation. I must have asked the owner a thousand questions, requested references, more pictures, etc.

Once we unlocked the door and entered the unit, all my fear was gone. It was the best decision "I" ever made. We will never stay on property again. Relax, enjoy. I still look at VRBO almost daily, just to dream of my next trip.:thumbsup2

MickeyMouseMomofSix
01-09-2008, 10:10 AM
I hear ya! Finding the *perfect* condo/townhome/villa can be so intimidating! So many to choose from, prices to high on one, prices just right on another but booked when you need it...ahhh! lol But we did our fisrt villa rental in Hamilton's Reserve last year and after all that worry I did, the minute we opened the door we knew we made the right choice. We have a wonderful time. Having all that room to ourselves was SO nice. We have never stayed on property because of the size of our family, so I cannot compare, but the last 2 times we went we stayed at a hotel once and then the villa last year. I am hooked on villas now! :thumbsup2 I am sure all will be fine and I have heard GREAT things about Windor Hills!

isla bonita
01-09-2008, 10:17 AM
I have been online every day for about a week now looking at condo after condo, townhouse after townhouse, villa after villa.

I have never rented a vacation home before, so I know it is fear of the unknown, but I am just worried that the place will be icky, and my DH will say, "See, I told you we should have gone back to the Marriot Residence Inn, but NO, you had to save money & book this crummy place instead!"

I am trying to get the most for our limited $$$$, but I don't want to screw up my vacation in the process!!!

The one I am leaning toward is Mickeys Safari Condo in Windsor Hills.

Help me decide!

Christine

Could some thing like this happen yes probability is slim. If you do your home work things should be great. Trust me.

Have been doing this for a while and if there is communication on both parts, reviews, and your gut says yeas I would think it is ok.

Please let us know how it all works out when you have returned.

momofdbsdc
01-09-2008, 10:19 AM
I was a wreck the first time we rented a condo also. This will be our third year returning to WH though! It is an awesome place and a great location!

Ask for references, read all the fine details...I am sure it will be a great trip!:goodvibes

ado121
01-09-2008, 11:11 AM
i thought i was the only one becoming totally OBSESSED with this.

we are not even going til december but we are taking my mother in law and father in law......so pressure is on to be organized and pick the 'perfect' place.

last time we all went we stayed at hgvc on i drive. ok, so no pressure there to get a similar place. but i want a condo. so we are goin with

laza properties....pool view and lake view in windsor hills.

looks nice. talked to her on the phone. she seems really nice.

anyone stay there?

ChrisinNJ
01-09-2008, 11:14 AM
I looked at their site also.

Christine

momofdbsdc
01-09-2008, 11:16 AM
I PM'd you. I have stayed with them and they have been wonderful! We are returning for another stay in 44 days!!!:goodvibes

davinakb
01-09-2008, 01:30 PM
We recently did our first villa rental over the holidays. Windsor Palms house was fine, plenty of room, good location; only issues were with management company. Already booked another place for future trip, just with private owner. Haven't stayed in Windsor Hills yet, but hope to soon. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

queen_bee
01-09-2008, 02:09 PM
We are doing our first one too at Windsor Hills. We leave next Friday. I've never done this so it is new to me, but after seeing the price differences, it seemed a no-brainer to me. I'll let you know how it was when we get back.

bdink921
01-09-2008, 04:38 PM
I went through the same thing you're going through right now before choosing the townhouse we're staying in this April at Windsor Hills:) . I spent tons of time looking through all different rentals in different places before I put the deposit down. Every time I wonder if maybe we should stay somewhere else, I look at the pictures and read the reivews of our TH and I feel much better about my decision. It is gorgeous and costs less than most of the hotels/resorts we looked at--and we are very picky ;) . I can't wait for April!!!

jeff968
01-09-2008, 05:26 PM
If you are worried then go with a name brand that you can trust like Marriott or Hilton. They have great villas and the quality is just as high as their hotels. You will pay a premium but you'll have less risk.

KEVIN M
01-09-2008, 05:46 PM
Having stayed at Windsor Hills I recommend them highly - you should look into a townhouse. They are all relatively brand new and you can't beat the location!

ruby33
01-09-2008, 06:31 PM
Christine, RELAX! We have stayed at that Marriott also. We rented a 3 bedroom condo at Windsor Hills twice already. Our next trip is in February and we rented a townhouse. (can't wait!) Tell your husband to "trust you"!
You will love Windsor Hills. I have done the same thing as the others- Checked out condos (you can do this forever), made inquiries and wonder if I made the right choice. Once you open the door and see the space, your family will thank you. Having a washer and dryer is handy (so don't overpack) and being able to have a relaxing breakfast before you leave for the day is great. I read the disboards daily even when I'm not going to Florida! It has a ton of info regarding Windsor Hills, management companies, shortcuts, grocery stores and restaurants. There was even a thread on "What do you look for in a condo". We even plan a day to spend at the pool. Good luck in your search - you have started in the right place! Ruby

ChrisinNJ
01-09-2008, 07:28 PM
I went through the same thing you're going through right now before choosing the townhouse we're staying in this April at Windsor Hills:) . I spent tons of time looking through all different rentals in different places before I put the deposit down. Every time I wonder if maybe we should stay somewhere else, I look at the pictures and read the reivews of our TH and I feel much better about my decision. It is gorgeous and costs less than most of the hotels/resorts we looked at--and we are very picky ;) . I can't wait for April!!!


Which one are you staying at? Please share!

Christine

ChrisinNJ
01-09-2008, 07:31 PM
Christine, RELAX! We have stayed at that Marriott also. We rented a 3 bedroom condo at Windsor Hills twice already. Our next trip is in February and we rented a townhouse. (can't wait!) Tell your husband to "trust you"!
You will love Windsor Hills. I have done the same thing as the others- Checked out condos (you can do this forever), made inquiries and wonder if I made the right choice. Once you open the door and see the space, your family will thank you. Having a washer and dryer is handy (so don't overpack) and being able to have a relaxing breakfast before you leave for the day is great. I read the disboards daily even when I'm not going to Florida! It has a ton of info regarding Windsor Hills, management companies, shortcuts, grocery stores and restaurants. There was even a thread on "What do you look for in a condo". We even plan a day to spend at the pool. Good luck in your search - you have started in the right place! Ruby

Thanks Ruby. If you had a good experience there, please share which condo you stayed at. For all the great reviews I read, I hardly ever learn about a particular condo or townhouse, or renter or company. Let me know where you stayed & had such a great experience.

Christine

ChrisinNJ
01-09-2008, 07:38 PM
Having stayed at Windsor Hills I recommend them highly - you should look into a townhouse. They are all relatively brand new and you can't beat the location!

My only concern about the townhouses is that most of the ones I have looked at have 2 bedrooms upstairs & 1 bedroom down. The King sized master suites are usually upstairs, which means, one or more of my kids would be downstairs on the first floor without an adult on that level. Call me an overprotective nut, but this makes me a bit uncomfortable. My Kids are only 7,7 (twins) & 4.

The condos are all one level so this isn't an issue for us.

OK now you all know how neurotic I am :rolleyes1 :eek:

Christine

bdink921
01-10-2008, 06:14 AM
Which one are you staying at? Please share!

Christine

We're staying at VRBO #53573--check it out on www.vrbo.com. The owner's name is Laura and she is wonderful with answering all of my questions--makes everything very easy. Another Diser has also stayed there a couple of times and gave the TH great reviews. HTH :)

ChrisinNJ
01-10-2008, 07:01 AM
We're staying at VRBO #53573--check it out on www.vrbo.com. The owner's name is Laura and she is wonderful with answering all of my questions--makes everything very easy. Another Diser has also stayed there a couple of times and gave the TH great reviews. HTH :)


I just emailed her. The twin over full bunkbed solves my problem of the kids sleeping on a different floor from us. Thanks! :thumbsup2



Christine

DisneyFreaks
01-10-2008, 10:29 AM
May I ask a question here? I have looked over all of the sites listed here on the disboards and would love to try one of the 3bdrm/3bth townhouses. My problem is we travel with multiple families and would need at least two possibly three of them. Don't most owners only have one? How do you go about renting more than one that would all be in one area? Also where do any extra cars park at the townhouses? The drive only looks large enough for one car. Any help here would surely be appreciated.

newsliner1
01-10-2008, 10:33 AM
we stayed at windsor hills 2 years ago and it was very nice. the pool and clubhouse are great and there is even a little movie theater. you will not be disappointed.
this year we won a auction on ebay and are staying at bonnet creek cant wait we leave in 2 weeks. i too am nervous that everything will work out with ebay. i think everyone worries a little. but a least you are going to disney. good luck to you.
kim

mkw111
01-10-2008, 11:34 AM
I am going in Feb 2008 rented a six bedroom house at windsor hills. Place looks great. The owners have been super to deal with. Talked to them on the phone and via e-mail Even got a xmass card from them. I did stay at windsor plams 2 years ago, that was nice but the windsor hills seem to have larger home

Well good luck!!:yay:

Princess_Michelle
01-10-2008, 01:00 PM
Here is my trip report :) I put several pictures up of the 3BR/2B condo in Windsor Hills that we stayed at. I have included the name of the condo and management company, plus what we paid, etc. Check it out! It was AWESOME!!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1611826

Terry36
01-10-2008, 01:00 PM
We're staying at VRBO #53573--check it out on www.vrbo.com. The owner's name is Laura and she is wonderful with answering all of my questions--makes everything very easy. Another Diser has also stayed there a couple of times and gave the TH great reviews. HTH :)

I just pm'd you.

Thanks

ruby33
01-10-2008, 06:22 PM
Christine,
The condo website is Orlando Condo Rentals Near Disney dot com. You have to go to the management company to get the key. Some units have a key box and you don't have to make another stop. I also looked for condo's that did not have too much of a Disney theme. My son is 14 and having a room all decorated in Disney wasn't going to fly! Your little ones will love a Disney themed room. There is so much selection that you are bound to find one you like. Ruby

PattySwind
01-10-2008, 07:23 PM
I just booked a really nice 3 bedroom townhouse with a small pool in Windsor Hills. I was a bit nervous but I decided it's time to stay somewhere different after staying in the same place year after year. Go for it! :cool1:

Patty

diznee princess
01-11-2008, 07:49 PM
pardon me i saw your post...you can get condos or timeshare villas from someone who owns one. They can get one or more through guest certificates through RCI or Interval Int. trading companies.
If you need something let me know I can check the website for availabilty...it depends on when you go and where you want to stay.
There are also websites you can google and owners of TS will rent out their weeks to you. Some high and some resaonable. Also ebay has many up for auction. Just type in Disney World rentals. If you have any questions about some of the properties in the area, I have stayed at many.
Have a nice day