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Old 02-03-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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5 days to go..nervous about staying off-site

My family heads out for Disney in 5 days and we are so excited. We booked accommodations off-site, for the first time, at Windsor Hills. I have spent a lot of time reading boards about Windsor Hills and felt really good about our accomodations. I very much appreciate everyone's entries on the boards! Of course, now that we are only a few days out I am very nervous about renting from an owner.

We rented a 3 bedroom condo in the building closest to the Pool. We are renting from Laza Properties. They have been timely in their responses to my inquiries and references look good. I would LOVE to know if anyone has rented from them!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything will be OK and we will enjoy the condo and the resort. Is there anything I should know regarding renting from an owner? I hope we enjoy staying off-site.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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yeah ... stop trip planning ~ mode

and commence relaxation process ~ enjoy your vacation
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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Hi! Windsor hills will be fine. We've stayed before. Beautiful place. Do come back and let us know how it went. I'm considering planning a non-Disney trip in the fall and this is one of the properties I've been looking at .
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:19 AM   #6
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Is there anything I should know regarding renting from an owner? I hope we enjoy staying off-site.
If you don't already know this, you'll have to buy your own toilet paper, dish soap, garbage bags etc. Some people don't realize this and sometimes it sounds like it ruins their whole vacation. Just know going in that you live like you do at home except you're not at home, you're in Florida and going to Disney. Just don't expect perfection and be disappointed that you don't get it. Nobody's home is perfect, mine surely isn't so don't let a few scuff marks or a burned out light bulb ruin your vacation. You're not buying the property, you're just staying there for a few days. We've stayed in a lot of different homes over the years and even though we've run into a few small problems even in the nicest ones, it didn't ruin our vacation.
Hope you have a wonderful vacation and "don't sweat the small stuff".
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:09 AM   #7
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Have a great time and be sure to come back and post on your experience! We are looking at WH for our June 2014 trip.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:18 AM   #8
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If you don't already know this, you'll have to buy your own toilet paper, dish soap, garbage bags etc.
Not if you stay at a Marriott or a Hilton Villa. All that is supplied. The only think we bring is laundry detergent and we purchase our food in Florida. I never stayed (or heard of) Windsor hills so i can't say about them.

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Not if you stay at a Marriott or a Hilton Villa. All that is supplied. The only think we bring is laundry detergent and we purchase our food in Florida. I never stayed (or heard of) Windsor hills so i can't say about them.

Good luck with your trip.
Marriott and Hilton are timeshare resorts which do supply those things but Windsor Hills and other similar subdivisions are made up of privately completely owned homes ( not timeshares ). These homes are termed self-catering. They have enough supplies to get you started but you replenish what you need when you run out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:17 AM   #10
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We stayed at Windsor Hills and did not need to bring TP. Everything was supplied.We rented from a private owner, and had a great time. Closer than staying at some hotels in the park!
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:35 PM   #11
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Marriott and Hilton are timeshare resorts which do supply those things but Windsor Hills and other similar subdivisions are made up of privately completely owned homes ( not timeshares ). These homes are termed self-catering. They have enough supplies to get you started but you replenish what you need when you run out.
Thanks, interesting, do you get anything other then a place to stay at these locations?

At the TS resorts we are provided:
  • All those supplies mentioned above
  • Bathroom supplies, soaps, shampoo, ect
  • Resort staff to take care of anything that needs attention
  • Resort staff that runs events throughout the day, most for free
  • Resort staff that runs a kid center
  • Entertainment (music provided poolside)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Marketplace
  • Pools/Hot tubs
  • Towels
  • Fitness room
  • Sanna+
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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Most of the vacation rental subdivisions just have vacation homes with private pools. Those that have condos and townhouses have community facilities also which may include community pools, clubhouses with fitness rooms, mini theatres, store, tiki bar, sports equipment to use on volleyball, tennis and putting areas. Some have a few organized activities but mostly it's do-it-yourself for activities. Each owner has a management company that looks after things for them.
We usually stay in a pool home especially when the whole family goes. You can get a 6 to 8 bedroom pool home for a great price which you can divide up between a couple of families.
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If you don't already know this, you'll have to buy your own toilet paper, dish soap, garbage bags etc.
I've stayed at windsor hills and never had to purchase any of those things....
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I've stayed at windsor hills and never had to purchase any of those things....
Each owner is different. Some may supply those things and some don't. It doesn't hurt to ask just so you'll know.
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I stayed at wh once and there was part of a roll of toilet paper in one bathroom. We went to the store quickly.
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