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I'm a very patient Welsh believer!
Did you know that one of the TF's is part Welsh, Tracey? :)
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: ... watching the rugby
Tracey's Report - Day 1 the arrival, now where is that Vill a?
Sun 19th -late
We stopped enroute for dinner and for some reason decided to cut across country via Lake Wales instead of going all the way up the turnpike to Orlando. We found The Palms at Lake Davenport with little problem, about a mile south of the intersection of the 192 & SR27. It must have been between 9:30 & 10pm when we finally arrived at offices of Florida Palms Vacation Homes to pick up our directions & keys… or so we thought !
….Lucky break number 2 was me spotting a mistake on Expedia, a 4 bed Villa on special offer – pay for 1 night get 6 nights free instead of vice versa. Expedia honoured the booking so it only cost £174 for 2 weeks :D …….
The address we had been given was a house, deserted and in darkness. The lockbox we had been given the number for didn’t exist and the telephone number we had on the booking confirmation was discontinued. We drove round the estate looking for something that looked like a management office, walked round the villa several times and checked any thing that looked like a ‘lockbox’. We gave up at almost 11pm and decided we’d find a hotel and try the pone books or ringing Expedia in the morning. We’d been up for almost 24 hours, the girls were knackered and I was almost in tears. A woman pulled up and asked us if we were OK. So we explained why we were acting suspiciously, confirmed with her that we were in the right place and asked if she’s heard of Florida Palms (she hadn’t). She then proceeded to offer us her villa in the next road for the night so we didn’t have to find a hotel – she was returning there to check it over after guests leaving that morning. We took a little persuading but she insisted that she could return to her condo and we could stay for free!! She hoped that somebody would do the same for her if she was ever in a similar situation. Unbelievable generosity from a complete stranger.
We followed her to the next loop in the development to an amazing 2 storey, 5 bedroom, themed Villa. Lorre showed us around, said we were more than welcome to use the pool as the pool heating had been on for the previous guests, apologised for leaving some of her belongings behind and left. All the girls wanted to do was go in the pool – at that time of night - so we all decided to take a dip. The villa was fantastic – ideally set up for two families. Videos in every room, toys for the kids, dressing up clothes, games etc.
The view of the living area
We unpacked some essentials and I scoured every piece of info I’d printed off the net about Florida Palms, I tried every phone number from Lorre's phone and one of the 9-5 numbers I found turned out to be the out-of-hours emergency number in Resort Quest! They informed me that Florida Palms had moved 6 months ago to Mango Key on Lindfields. They were quite surprised that I didn’t want to pack up again, go and fetch the keys and find the villa there and then at midnight! I told them we’d be around in the morning and that I was not impressed to say the least.
I went to sleep in my Out of Africa master suite with its ensuite that’s bigger than my bedroom at home hoping that tomorrow would be a better day
There it Is - Day 2
DLP 97, 98, 01, 02 ~ WDW Offsite 92 twice, 93, 94, wedding 95 ~ 99(CBR) ~ 2000(ASMo)
Hallowe'en 2003 (Florida Pines & Polynesian) Oct 2003~ Dec 2004 (Indian Creek and Wilderness Lodge) Dec 2004
Easter 2006 (Calabay Parc & Vero Beach) ~ Easter 2007 (Sunset Lakes Villa & Royal Pacific Resort) Easter 2007
Hallowe'en 2007 Sunset Lakes again & HRH ~ Hallowe'en 2008 Highlands Reserve Villa & HRH
Christmas & New Year 2009 Bella Vida, HRH & Pop ~ Jul/Aug 2010 back for Harry Potter
Christmas 2012 OKW/Bahama Bay - Solo!!
Last edited by TraceyL; 12-11-2003 at 01:20 PM.
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