Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Orlando Hotels and Attractions
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-10-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
Wills Mom
DIS Veteran
 
Wills Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,602

Villa rental help please

Hi, I'm just wondering if anyone could help me. I've always booked our villa rental through our travel agent here in Ireland but this year they are charging an exorbitant price compared to previous years so I am looking at booking directly with villa owners. I have to book two 3 or 4 bedroom homes and I got a great rate from someone through HomeAway but I'm very hesitant to book as I've never done it this way before and the two villas she has offered me have no reviews on their HomeAway page or on their VRBO pages so I'm just sceptical. I'm wondering does anyone have any advice on how to book through the owner - how to pay, how deposits work etc? Or if anyone has any villas they have previously rented and been happy with that you could recommend to me? We are travelling for 17 nights in May. I'm kind of getting overwhelmed by it all at this stage so any help or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated
__________________
Me DH DS DS Sammy the Spitz



Wills First Adventure TR May 2013

Wills Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
bamor
DIS Veteran
 
bamor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Warwick, RI
Posts: 559

I highly recommend Beth at www.wishingplacevilla.com. This is a three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse. Paid her directly through paypal. She refunded our deposit via a personal check but I also had the choice of paypal as well. Very easy to work with, timely in her response and she sent all necessary paperwork in a timely manner. This villa is located in Windsor Hills. You've got a Super Target and Publix about 5 minutes away for all of your grocery/household needs.
__________________
Me DH DD
bamor is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
Wills Mom
DIS Veteran
 
Wills Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,602

Quote:
Originally Posted by bamor
I highly recommend Beth at www.wishingplacevilla.com. This is a three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse. Paid her directly through paypal. She refunded our deposit via a personal check but I also had the choice of paypal as well. Very easy to work with, timely in her response and she sent all necessary paperwork in a timely manner. This villa is located in Windsor Hills. You've got a Super Target and Publix about 5 minutes away for all of your grocery/household needs.
Thank you I just checked that site but shes booked out for my dates! Thanks for your reply though
__________________
Me DH DS DS Sammy the Spitz



Wills First Adventure TR May 2013

Wills Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
JANNYANS
DIS Veteran
 
JANNYANS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,374

First thing is establish a line of comunication with the owner how quick are they in answering questions ? Do they give you answers that are clear and consise and fully answering the questions you ask
Each owner will have their own way of doing business you need to have a written terms and conditions and a booking form .Depsots may be paid by cheque Bank transfer -some owners will take pay pal but ther emay be a charge and others will have the facility to take cc or their man co will -again there may be a charge .
You can check the appropriate county sites to see if the taxes are up to date -not always an indicaiton of something may be amiss or that there are no outstanding leins against the property .
Do your homework and the process is not too bad .
__________________
1983-1998 various hotels
1998-2011 Lake Davenport Estates
JANNYANS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 02:14 PM   #5
bamor
DIS Veteran
 
bamor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Warwick, RI
Posts: 559

the easiest thing then to do is go to
**************************
be very specific in your request:
example:
3 bed/3 bath townhome
private pool
2 twin beds in kids room or bunk beds
close to clubhouse
specific dates

any owner meeting your requests will send you an email with a quote, you can decide from there

BTW, Beth also owns a 4 bed villa, you may want to check www.laughingplacevilla.com
__________________
Me DH DD
bamor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #6
Wills Mom
DIS Veteran
 
Wills Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,602

Quote:
Originally Posted by JANNYANS View Post
First thing is establish a line of comunication with the owner how quick are they in answering questions ? Do they give you answers that are clear and consise and fully answering the questions you ask
Each owner will have their own way of doing business you need to have a written terms and conditions and a booking form .Depsots may be paid by cheque Bank transfer -some owners will take pay pal but ther emay be a charge and others will have the facility to take cc or their man co will -again there may be a charge .
You can check the appropriate county sites to see if the taxes are up to date -not always an indicaiton of something may be amiss or that there are no outstanding leins against the property .
Do your homework and the process is not too bad .
Thank you so much for the tips! I've just emailed the lady about the villas and said I will call her over the weekend to talk things through. Her website says they accept the deposit via Paypal so that answers that question anyway. I'm wondering what you mean when you say to "check the appropriate county sites to see if the taxes are up to date" - can you just advise me how I can do this please?
__________________
Me DH DS DS Sammy the Spitz



Wills First Adventure TR May 2013

Wills Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 04:09 AM   #7
JANNYANS
DIS Veteran
 
JANNYANS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,374

You look up the property appraisers site ,
http://www.property-appraiser.org/

tax collector
http://www.osceolataxcollector.com/

and official records
http://osceolaclerk.com/

Search by the owners name and all records should come up if you need help decodihg it all just ask
__________________
1983-1998 various hotels
1998-2011 Lake Davenport Estates
JANNYANS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 04:46 AM   #8
Wills Mom
DIS Veteran
 
Wills Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,602

Quote:
Originally Posted by JANNYANS View Post
You look up the property appraisers site ,
http://www.property-appraiser.org/

tax collector
http://www.osceolataxcollector.com/

and official records
http://osceolaclerk.com/

Search by the owners name and all records should come up if you need help decodihg it all just ask
Thank you. I'll have to find out the details of the owner though. Her email is just her first name and her husbands first name I'm starting to think maybe we would be better off booking through a third party! The owner gave me the email address of a past guest at the villa and I contacted her but I'm still not convinced!
__________________
Me DH DS DS Sammy the Spitz



Wills First Adventure TR May 2013

Wills Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 05:46 AM   #9
sympatico
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: NS Canada
Posts: 3,121

Try romancingthemouse.com They have a few houses in Windsor Hills that are close together and they get good reviews.
__________________
Wanda
Love vacation homes
Places we've stayed since 1997 :
Lindfields: twice, Lake Davenport, Venice hotel,Oak Plantation, St. Pete's Beach Hilton, Wyndham Cypress Palms, Pink Shell Fort Myers Beach, Liki Tiki Village, Grand Reserve, Rotonda Lakes near Port Charlotte,Windsor Hills: 5 times, Indian Creek (twice), Emerald Island (4 times), Reunion Resort (twice) Sunset Lakes, Crestwynd Bay, Briarwood in Naples
sympatico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2012, 06:17 AM   #10
JANNYANS
DIS Veteran
 
JANNYANS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 1,374

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wills Mom View Post
Thank you. I'll have to find out the details of the owner though. Her email is just her first name and her husbands first name I'm starting to think maybe we would be better off booking through a third party! The owner gave me the email address of a past guest at the villa and I contacted her but I'm still not convinced!


Have messaged you with some help
__________________
1983-1998 various hotels
1998-2011 Lake Davenport Estates
JANNYANS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:56 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.