'The Elm' on Tuscan Ridge, Orlando, Florida - Guestbook

The following entries have kindly been left by guests who have stayed in our villa


 Comment  Guest
March/April/May 2020

The Elm has been home to us for the last 7 weeks and has been a haven during our extended stay in Florida. You have maintained a beautiful home over the years and your personal touch and management shines through. The villa provided for all of our needs and more. Everything was provided for and carefully thought out. As the owner you have provided unparalleled support. Take care and thank you, having restored our faith in humanity throughout this pandemic :0)

Suzie & Tony
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
January 2020

"Had an amazing time at The Elm. Our fourth Davenport villa and the best yet. The villa was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for a great holiday. Lovely swimming pool/hot tub area that was blessed with evening sun, also the pool and hot tub were both generously heated at a reasonable price. Gary was always available to speedily answer questions and resolve any issues. Would definately recommend. Thank you Gary & Anne!"

David & Emma
Northamptonshire, England
November 2019

We loved our stay at the Elm, best villa we have stayed in. We did fill out the book in the villa. We would definitely come back and stay it was brilliant!

I also want to mention how great Gary's contact was. He got back to me so quick if need be and always able to help and answer any questions, so just want to say thank you for that.

Thank you again!

Rachel and Ben

Rachel & Ben Mitchell
Milton Keynes, England
October 2019

Thank you very much for let us stay in your villa , this is the first time we have stayed in a villa and I'm very happy to say I'm glad I was recommend your villa , the villa is fantastic like home away from home , very clean and modern in a very beautiful area of Orlando , will definitely be staying again in the future as this made our holiday the best 50th birthday for my hubby
Your Andy & Marie

Andrew & Marie Brown
Alloa, Scotland
September 2019

We stayed in Gary and Anne's Tuscan Ridge villa for 2 weeks at the beginning of September. I can honestly say what a wonderful villa. The location was excellent, lovely and quiet area. It had everything in the villa you needed, items to use whilst going to the parks (drinks bottles, cooler box) which saved us money. Games room was brilliant and the pool was a lovely temperature, so we spent most of our time in the pool when we were at the villa. The hot tub was lovely and hot. Beds were clean, plenty of linen and towels provided. All the facilities you need.

Communication with Gary was brilliant, before we were going he said if there was any questions just to message him, also during the holiday he was messaging seeing if we were and give us information in the run up to hurricane Dorian.

Excellent service *****
Value for money *****
Excellent villa. *****

Thank you Gary and Anne, we'll be booking with you when we go next time.

Mark Draper
Swansea, West Glamorgan
June 2019

So we have just arrived back from our visit to Orlando Florida. We have been visiting now for many years and during that time have stayed in many different accommodation's and villas but none as enjoyable as the Elm on Tuscan Ridge. Gary and Anne were super informative and the communication once the booking was made was excellent. Gary also ensured we had a smooth transaction and any questions we had about the villa and its content including payment were soon promptly answered very professionally. (Thank you Gary) The house was absolutely beautiful & amazingly clean. Fully modernized, air conditioned, Wi-fi available, flat screen TV's just to name a few with all the modern amenities you could ask for whilst on vacation. The instruction manual was extremely user friendly once in the house and any answers to any questions were outlaid and laminated in a folder easily accessible to follow in case of any unlikely emergencies were displayed. The pool & spa were unbelievable. I can honestly say its the cleanest pool I have ever come across in a private owned villa and was very spacious for us which I have to add had alarms fitted on the patio doors leading out into the pool area for families with young children. I thought this was very commendable. To top all that off there's the location and view form the pool. (We had some special nights watching the sun go down over Tuscan Ridge) Truly remarkable sunsets in the elevated outside area where the pool is situated which were very special indeed. I have absolutely no doubt that I will be returning to the Elm in the future without question and cant wait to book again. Thanks for making our vacation special Gary & Anne & rest assured you'll see us again soon!!! Its been a pleasure dealing with you. Best Regards Liam & Nic

Liam & Nic Gallagher
Manchester, England
April 2019

The villa was absolutely perfect for our family of four, the children aged 14 and 8. Firstly, the correspondence between Gary was so slick using WhatsApp I never had to wait long for a response in both the UK and US. All the directions to the villa were first class and access to all the parks was very easy. The villa itself was bigger than we expected and the swimming pool in a nice sunny location was superb as was all the outdoor furniture. We all enjoyed playing table football and the pool table was better than any I have played on before and I am a keen player. The negatives about the villa are...none. Even the recommendation on the website of the Elm to eat at Manny's Chophouse provided us with the best meal of the holiday and we had some really good ones! Thank you so much for letting us share your bit of paradise, we will be back.

Richard & Tara Crowther
West Yorkshire, England
March 2019

‘Another great stay at Tuscan Ridge. Doesn’t disappoint, with lots of small positive touches (inc equipment and holiday bits). Lovely position,  helping make the most of the sunshine!! We’re back next year... can’t wait!!’ Thanks very much! Adrian and Sally

Adrian & Sally Moore
Hampshire, England
February/March 2019 Thank you again for allowing us the time in your wonderful villa. Karen & Bob Hunt
Ontario, Canada

Hi Gary & Anne Just to let you know what a great holiday we had in your lovely villa, it is so quiet and peaceful there. Thank you for the pool & spa heating, it was wonderful sat in the spa watching the sun set after being out in the daytime. We would also like to let you know what a good job the pool man did when he came to service the pool. He cleaned the pool and spa, but he also hosed down the lanai and pool area making it spotless for us.We hired a five bedroom villa for us and our daughters family in September last year in Orlando and we were very disappointed with that one. The pool & spa was filthy, and after complaining to their management  it was never rectified all the holiday so we were unable to use them, but having been to your villa last year we knew we would not be disappointed with yours. Thank you. Kind regards George & Maureen

George & Maureen Gibson
Derbyshire, England
January 2019 Having only got back on Sunday and the horrible jetlag kicking in, I didn't have time to email you to thank you wholeheartedly.  I did write comments in your guestbook. Your villa is an absolute credit to you, we normally holiday 4 times a year in the USA and in 2012 - 2014 rented a villa for the whole 12 months, so we can honestly say we have been in lots of villas and your villa is absolutely exceptional.  There was nothing missing i.e. corkscrew, can opener, you know (frustrating little things that mean so much like when you have a can of tinned peas and NO opener lol). Suzie & Anthony Harris
Norfolk, England
December 2018

Wow what can I say about The Elm!, after a 3 + hour trip from Fort Lauderdale, we were so pleased to reach the villa and although we arrived in the dark already knew it was already going to play a big part in making our Christmas at Disney magical!! After waking, the welcome pack had everything we needed for a first breakfast and with a Publix supermarket a short 5 minute drive away, it was easy to top up the fridge with snacks.The Elm has everything we could have wished for, very well stocked with crockery and cutlery + outside plates and cups for using on the outside table.Check in process was very simple, Gary was very easy to contact and ask questions of during this period and always very helpful and informative.Christmas Eve all sat in the spa and sat around the fantastic pool watching nye fireworks will remain with us forever, definitely two highlights.We mainly visited Disney, Universal parks and shopping outlets + of course the Cheesecake Factory, The Elm is perfectly situated for all of these.and was no more than a 20 minute drive from a great selection of restaurants, Texas Roadhouse being a particular favourite. Overall, cannot fault the Elm and the contact with Gary and Anne and would 100% recommend to anyone.

Sam White
Devon, England
October 2018

Many many thanks for making our 3 weeker a trip to remember. You know sometimes you get holidays where from start to finish..nothing goes wrong (apart from a lawn mower man cutting some wires..LOL) pre trip hotel was great, car valet parking great, flight great, from touchdown to leaving Avis garage one hour !!!! Arrived at the villa in the dark, (good old TomTom) but took to it straight away, and when we seen the pool and spa, we looked at each other and just said wow !! We had an excellent stay there, and we both sat outside on our last evening, and said "do you know, I feel like I have had a holiday", and I think there is no greater compliment we can pay you than to say thank you for allowing us to rent your villa and for making our holiday.We completed just under 1800 miles touring around, and even when we stayed at the Hilton in Boco Raton overnight on our Miami trip, boy it was lovely to get back to the villa, and get in the spa !!!We again escaped Gatwick within 1hr and we were back home in Bristol by just turned 1000 so a great time from start to finish.

Jeff & Jacky Baker
Bristol, England
September 2018

Your lovely villa was perfect for Our holiday, Our daughter was kept entertained with all that it offered, the  pool was lovely, quite and relaxing, Location was perfect, If We get the chance to go to Florida again then we would be more than happy to return to The Elm.

Craig & Kerry Stevens
Hampshire, England
August 2018

We had a brilliant time as before, loved the pool again and had some great days there! The upgraded TVs are a nice addition for when a storm rolls in.                                                                                

James Vickers
Lincolnshire, England
June 2018

Thank you for helping to make our first “Big Family Holiday” so special. Your help from the initial enquiry, all the way through to your assistance whilst we were in the villa, helped to make it such a fabulous experience; always so prompt, friendly and putting us at ease. Thank you! The whole family loved the villa, from the kids, (and us), jumping in the pool on the first night, (see below!), and excitedly choosing bedrooms to closing the door on the final morning we loved every second of our stay; a true home from home.  The comfortable and homely living spaces allow for true relaxation after long days out at the parks, for which the villa is very well situated I might add... With minimal traffic it took less than twenty minutes to get to Disney World and it never took more than 25. Plus, the array of restaurants and shops in the immediate area catered to every need during our stay. The facilities in the villa meant that everyone had something to do. In our time there, from the youngest to oldest of our party we never heard the dreaded “I’m bored!”. You have a truly lovely home on Tuscan Ridge and I’m sure when we come back to Florida we’ll be in touch.

David & Sarah Farrow
Woodbridge, England
May 2018 This was our second visit to "The Elm" and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The villa was very clean and we love the layout of the villa. The kids loved the swimming pool and made full use of games room. After a long day at the parks, it was great to relax in the hot tub. Even though it rained for most of our 2 week break, we were still able to enjoy our trip by making the most of the villas facilities. We look forward to staying in your beautiful villa in the near future. Thank you Francis, Linda & family Francis & Linda Leadbitter
Northants, England
April 2018

Sally added comments to the guest book in the villa on the basis of ‘another brilliant time at Tuscan Ridge, aided by excellent weather. The villa offers a great base to visit the parks and explore the wider area. It has everything we needed for a great, relaxing time - loads of useful helpful things, such as pool towels, food boxes and cooler on top of usual villa and pool equipment. Overall, a really well equipped and comfortable villa, we loved every minute! Definitely recommend the spa after a long day out and about!’We plan to return…!Best wishes Adrian & Sally

Sally & Adrian Moore
Hampshire, England
April 2018

We had a fabulous and very relaxing holiday in your lovely villa. The villa is in a good spot but is very quiet.

Maureen & George Gibson
Derbyshire, England
March 2018 From booking to arrival, I have nothing but good words to say about The Elm on Tuscan Ridge. The owner kept in touch and was on hand with a minor issue concerning the pool during the first day but resolved it straight away. This is a villa which delivers exactly what the advert promises, spacious, relaxing and very well equipped for a home from home experience. It is ideally located for easy access to the main I4 for the parks as well as providing numerous local restaurants and the like along the 27 and 192.
Anyone booking here won’t be disappointed. The pool has an elevated aspect meaning you’re not overlooked and provides the ideal space to unwind after a hard day at the parks. If I’m lucky to get the chance to pop back to Florida anytime soon, this will be my first choice.
Graeme & Maria Armour
Tyne & Wear, England
Jan & Feb 2018

Happy New Year to you and yours! You have a lovely home! It was so nice taking a nap yesterday afternoon on the lanai! I’m sure we will miss a lot of things about this place. Thanks! Danny and Janice 

Danny& Janice Feller
Indiana, USA
December 2017

Thanks for letting us hire “The Elm”, the villa was excellent and the pre-arrival information was really helpful.  We really enjoyed using the pool and hot tub and found that there was everything we needed in the villa.  The location is very central with good access to the major roads and it’s also very close to the supermarkets and other shops.We will certainly recommend your property to any of our friends if they are looking for a villa in Florida.

Lynda & Gordon Paterson
Musselburgh, Scotland
October 2017

We had a fantastic time the house is lovely as is the pool and spa. I’ve recommended it to several friends who are interested in visiting Florida. We won’t be back next year as my daughter and her boyfriend we go with are getting married and for some odd reason don’t want to go away with us.We will def be back in 2019 though.

Donna & Graham Budd
Bristol, England
September 2017

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa, it was Home from Home with everything to hand from eating in to taking the cool box out to the beach and filling it with the freezer blocks from the freezer and our drinks and snacks. This is our 6th time in Florida and your villa is our best yet, we have already recommended to friends and will most certainly return. Thank you for the quick return of our security deposit, it helped our ouch credit card bill lol.

Lisa & David Freshwater
Brentwood, England
September 2017

We loved 'The Elm', it was in such a great location and was perfect for our trips to Disney! We loved the pool and it was the perfect place to relax after long days at the parks. The villa was lovely and clean and was equipped with everything we needed - nothing was overlooked. Definitely would recommend to anyone and would consider again on our next trip to Orlando. Thanks Gary & Anne :) 

Laura Fairbrother
Manchester, England
August 2017 We were both very happy with the size of the villa and the facilities available. Very clean upon arrival and no issues at all throughout the duration of our stay. The area was very tranquil and there were no disruptions from any neighbours. Being so closely situated to all the relevant parks and attractions we would highly recommend The Elm to any potential visitors. Josh Shepherd
Exeter, England
July 2017

We loved the villa :-)

The villa is beautiful, very clean and well equipped. Loved the location; being slightly higher than the surrounding villas, it felt more       private and the elevated position of the house gave a nice outlook from poolside, looking out onto wooded area at the back and watching the balloons pass nearby in the morning

  •    The pool and spa are great and loved having shade with a fan and full sun options on poolside!

  •    Tuscan Ridge is a nice area and is kept clean and tidy

  •    All communications that we have had with Gary have been excellent.

  •    Very detailed information received for entry into the villa and how to use spa heating, etc…

  •    Beds very comfortable; my Husband prefers a settee that you can sink into, but we didn’t spend much time indoors, so wasn’t really a problem!!

  •    If we return to the area, we would definitely like to use the villa again and would be happy to recommend :-)

  •    Overall 10/10

Lynda & Lee Palmer
Bedfordshire, England
June 2017

Thank you for the short notice booking of your home and have to say what a lovely home you have. Very much enjoyed it our stay here and would love to come again.Thanks again Peter & Barbara

Peter & Barbara Walker
Lancashire, England
June 2017

We were delighted with the villa, it was everything we had hoped it would be. We found the villa to be clean, tidy and well presented. The outdoor pool and spa was great to and had the advantage of not been overlooked. We found your instruction pack you posted very helpful for directions and access to the villa. Both the location and the Tuscan-Ridge housing complex i felt was excellent to. I would not hesitate in recommending your villa to others and would consider using it again in the future should we return. Thanks again Ian and Pauline

Ian & Pauline Baxter
Tyne & Wear, England
May 2017

Thank you Gary and Anne for renting out The Elm to us - we loved the location, really quiet and very handy for Disney and all the restaurants along the 192.  The hot tub was fantastic, very welcome after a long day at the parks, and the brand new cushions on the loungers were extremely comfortable!!  It’s rare to find a villa in Florida which is easily big enough for a family but not so vast that you’re rattling around it as a couple - The Elm was just the right size.  Hope to stay on Tuscan Ridge again in the future”.

Thomas Williamson
Cheadle, Cheshire, England
May 2107

The villa was even better this time especially with the updates you have made.  The pool and pool deck area is so lovely and such a suntrap -  we really chilled out and enjoyed just relaxing by the pool. The area is so near to Disney and convenient for the I4 so even going to the beach is an easy run. The villa itself was so well equipped with lovely towels and kitchen utensils - nothing had been overlooked. We are already planning our next visit and will definitely be in touch to check on availability. Thanks again for a lovely stay. Kind regards Janet and john Eveleigh

Janet & John Eveleigh
Leeds, England
April 2017

Anne and I have just returned back from 'The Elm' and wanted to give an update as this was a major maintenance visit this time!
Pool resurfaced – looks brand new again!
New Pool Heater
New Air Conditioning Unit.
New luxury beds.
New flat screen TVs with new 200 HD TV channel package.
New replacement pool cushions.
And several other updates just to keep our villa in tip-top condition for our guests!
We will be updating the website shortly with new pictures so please keep an eye on the website.
If you are on Instagram please follow #theelmontuscanridge for lots of pictures. It would be great if any guests - past or future - can tag any pictures of their memories! I'm sure there are a lot more balloon pictures out there :-)

Anne & Gary - The Owners :-)
Essex, England
November 2016

The Elms was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay...never did quite manage to use the spa pool, as it was too cold, even with the heating !!!! One tiny minor thing you might want to consider...the coffee machine takes forever to brew, and I love my coffee on holiday first thing in the morning...my wife and her friends were usually on their 2nd or 3rd cup of tea before I got mine !!!!! We will definitely come back again, though we might need a bigger place for next year.  I am also a fairly avid user of Trip Advisor, so will leave you some feedback there. Thanks for the very simple and easy to follow process...Best regards Neil

Neil Skinner
Aberdeen, Scotland
October 2016

Re our thoughts on the villa, I made a comment in the book in the house and left a quick review on The Dibb.  The villa was perfect for us – spacious enough for the 5 of us, without feeling like we are rattling around.  We stayed at Calabay Parc previously (using virgin holidays) and found the utilities left in your villa to be far more extensive and well considered, eg spare towels, pool towels, tons of hangars, clear signage and notes, plenty of kitchen crockery and all the other bits and pieces that have been really well thought through in making life easier on holiday.  The villa was very clean and felt fresh and airy.  The aircon is set to a nice temp, really liked the spacious en-suite facilities in master bedroom.  The info pack you sent was great…..we took a sat nav and had one in the hire car, but neither kicked in until circa 10 minutes into the journey…..your directions were brilliantly clear and useful. When looking at villas on the web, the thing that really appealed to me when booking your villa is the villas are not crammed in and you have a nice elevated view.  Your web page is really well laid out and easy to use – the only thing I suggest is updating some of the photos on the web…as:

·         the external areas are much more established since the photos were taken with lovely palm trees and good planting

·         Also TV in family lounge area is now a flat screen (I am sure it is an old style smaller TV in the photos)

·         The bedding actually used in the villa is more welcoming than the bedding in the photos.

I know it sounds really picky….but I don’t think some of the photos do the villa justice in my opinion. We had a great 2 weeks and will not hesitate recommending your villa to family / friends. Many thanks Karen

Karen & Scott Camp
Herts, England
September 2016 It’s my third visit to this villa since 2003 and as usual it feels like home, it’s clearly been well maintained over the years.We will certainly be using it again! With the safes and alarm the villa feels very secure, the neighbourhood is peaceful and was much needed after hectic days at all the parks. With the Interstate 4 just a short drive away its location is perfect for everything that Orlando has to offer, there are loads of places to eat and drink nearby and Walmart and Publix supermarkets even closer for your villa essentials.If you do want to stay in the villa instead then there’s plenty to do there with the table football, the pool table and of course the pool.Not much more to say other than recommend Texas Roadhouse down the road on the 192, Mannino's pizza (takeaway) just down the road on US 27 and Manny’s Original chophouse just a bit further down the US 27. Darren & Jennifer Clark
Essex, England
August 2016

Hi Gary, we thoroughly enjoyed our 11 nights at The Elm, despite the hurricane! The villa is lovely with great facilities, very much home from home. We spent the majority of the day out at the parks or shopping and the found the villa convenient for access to the I4. Coming back later in the day we were able to relax, use the wi-fi to keep in touch with home, and enjoy a drink before bed time. The alarms allowed us to feel secure during the day and night and it was good to have a safe in the house, for storing passports etc. We didn't use the pool but this was mainly due to being out all day. We felt the price for the hire was very fair, and would recommend the villa to others.

Robbie & Lorna, Scottish Borders, Scotland
July 2016

Dear Gary, Thank you for your e mail regarding our stay at The Elm. Whilst there we did write in your guest book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. We have stayed a few times in this area of Florida and this is the first time we have had the opportunity to give written feedback that other guests can read. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was clean on arrival, had all the facilities that we needed and was all fully functional. We appreciated a few basics being left (dishwashing tablets, soap, shampoo...) although not sure if you arranged this or the previous guests did, either way it was a nice touch. We ate in a lot and I found the kitchen well equipped and the equipment easy to use. The pool area was gorgeous and we spent a lot of time out there. We did pay for pool heating but in hindsight didn't need this in the summer and in fact your pool man had to turn it off at the start as the water was spa temperature when we arrived!! We also made good use of the pool table in the garage (we haven't always had this) We didn't watch much TV but I think if we had we would have been a little frustrated as the controller didn't work properly and the card left with the channel numbers was inaccurate! When we went out for the day, it was always so nice to come, to what we quickly referred to as, 'home'. The Elm is perfectly located for days out at the parks, and other attractions as well as the shops. It was the perfect holiday and we were all very sad to leave, The Elm was definitely a big part of that. Thank you, Alison Folkard

Alison & Clive Folkard
Kent, England
July 2016

Enjoyed our return trip to Tuscan Ridge after a 5 year break . Still think it is in a good position to visit all parks.  Enjoyed having a game of pool and chilling in the pool on a nighttime will definitely return. Linda

Linda & Stuart Atkinson
Co Durham, England
June 2016

Hi Gary, The holiday was more than we could have hoped for. Everything was perfect and we loved your beautiful home. There was a banging problem with the plumbing in the bathroom which was sorted out immediately so it caused us no problem at all.We have included some positive comments in your book and would be happy to do so when the online system is up and running.Many thanks again,Gayle and family

Gayle Ripper
Manchester, England
June 2016

Hi Gary, We got back yesterday and just thought we'd drop you a note.. Villa was just as perfect as I recall and would have no hesitation in booking again if/when I return to the USA. Road works on the US 27 were a nightmare depending on what side of the road they were working on so we'd just use champions gate or the I4, so didn't really affect us much. When we were there in 2015 I came out to the car one morning to find a large black snake basking in the sun, so was always on the look-out....this time, totally different experience....a large Armadillo taking a short-cut through the garden..fantastic experience...even got a couple of pics as it ran off :)Once again, thank you for trusting us with your beautiful villa, both Helen and I had a fantastic two weeks, a large part of which was due to the villa/pool/location.Kind Regards John & Helen

John & Helen
Fife, Scotland
May 2016

Gary & Anne Apologies for the delay in response. A busy weekend!! A few thoughts on The Elm, Sally did add comments in the guest book in the villa which reflected the great time we had. This was our 7th visit to Florida, The Elm offered the best villa accommodation that we’ve stayed in in that time. Location proved to be ideal; a little away from the parks, so quieter but within easy commute of all major parks, shopping and amenities. The villa itself provides ample and flexible accommodation for a family, we particularly liked the pool and outlook which allowed us to enjoy the mornings and evenings, including watching the morning balloon flights. Always helped by the weather, it’s a great outdoor space. Facilities are good, with all day tho day well catered for.I hope you find this helpful. A couple of really small items that we would have liked (particularly for the longer days out) - cool box which we could put food/drink in whilst we’re out in the parks and perhaps a small selection of DVDs (there were some boxes but these were empty) - we added a couple of DVDs, this was more for our daughter as we enjoyed the late evening sun! We’re hoping to visit again in 2018 with both of our ‘kids’ - by then they’ll be 21 and 25 so may not appreciate this term!! Hopefully you’ll be able to accommodate us. Best wishes Adrian & Sally

Adrian & Sally Moore
Hampshire, England
April 2016

Hello Gary,It's Chris, we had a fantastic holiday and we got back safely thank you for asking, we are only just getting over the jet lag and getting back to normal. Despite being bitten by mosquitoes and sharing the villa with the red ants for a while, we had a great time.I would not hesitate to recommend you or your villa to my friends and family, we just need to start saving up again and then we will get back in touch to see if the villa is available.Kind regards Chris Beddoes

Chris & Liz Beddoes
February 2016

Hi Gary and Anne, thank you so much for letting us rent the elm villa. The location was just perfect and the villa had everything we needed. The pool was heated to a perfect temperature. After a hectic day out it was fantastic to relax next to the pool and so peaceful. Once again thank you so much. Kevin and Janice Morgan

Kevin & Janice Morgan
Lancaster, England
January 2016

We had a wonderful holiday we checked out at 1pm the management company and you have been fantastic. We filled in your guest book at the villa The Elm was a lovely spacious villa everything you could need with great location your directions and paperwork were brilliant. The spa was great we used it most evenings lovely and warm unlike the weather which was cold and wet most days. the children loved the play station and I loved the washing machine and dryer .We would definitely book again if we had another trip to Florida. Thanks again for everything .

Michael & Katie Bull
Buckinghamshire, England
December 2015 As per last year, we had a fabulous time and the villa lived up to my Mum's expectations, she was very impressed with the homely feel.                     Phil,Claire,Rob,Kelli,Hollie & Mason
Kent, England
August 2015

We had the most amazing and memorable time and cannot thank you enough for the villa.  For 3 weeks it felt like home and was the Perfect spot for us.  The villa was immaculate and clean throughout with a great pool to retire to after a long day. The villa is in a great location and we found being a little bit south of Disney and international drive allowed us more freedom and less traffic delays.  Great restaurants around with Beef O Grady's a great place for a local meal. We also enjoyed using the Italian takeaway Dioromios (think that's right) as food was excellent.  Overall highly recommended villa and won't hesitate to use again if we get chance to visit America in future.  One final note is that the communication with the owners was superb. Gary was excellent to deal with and made everything stress free which helped a lot.

Matthew & Philippa Maher
Stoke on Trent, England
June 2015

I will certainly recommend the villa to family, friends and colleagues. In fact a colleague is heading to Florida in October so we had a wee look on the website - but of course, you're booked up already for then. Thanks again Louise G.

Louise Goad,
June 2015

"The Elm" was like a home from home with every convenience taken care of.It is on a very well looked after community and not overlooked by any of the other villas, easy to find on the US 27 and close to the Interstate 4.Very comfortable sitting area with an open plan kitchen which is great to keep the family atmosphere whilst one of us prepared some food .Great to have the walk in wardrobes and a huge en suite bedroom. The pool was a very welcome dip at the end of a hectic day in the parks and although the temperature was in the 90's the heated spa was wonderful to relax the muscles. As for my teenage sons the pool table was very well used and the high speed Internet access a godsend for them to keep up to date with all their mates on social media sites (Twitter). We love Florida and hope to return soon. Thanks very much for the use of your villa and will keep you in mind when we return. I will also give your villa a mention to any family or friends that intend visiting Florida in the future. A quick mention for Paul who manages the villa for you who was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Yours Thankfully Richard

Richard Nash
May 2015 We had a great time in Florida and found the villa very clean and comfortable with everything we required.  We would not hesitate to return here in the future. We and visiting Florida again from 11th to 25th September this year and would have liked to book your villa again but we see from the website that you already have a booking for most of this time. Thanks again Colin & Pamela Colin & Pamela Dunsire
May 2015 The Villa was very clean and well presented, everything that we needed for a holiday was provided. You even provided the extra of a five foot long snake laying beside the pool one morning .After consulting Google and finding it was not dangerous, I removed out into the garden. The one improvement I might suggest around the pool would be the removal of the 2 plant holders which looked out of place with the dead plants in them. There was a problem with the Pool pump which your management sorted out promptly, the Pool was warm enough without any pool heat .I would certainly consider renting the Villa again. Ronald & Julia Carr
April 2015

The villa was excellent. It was spacious, well maintained and had every possible item of equipment imaginable for a home from home holiday (and more!). It was clearly well cared for, very clean and your management company, Paul & Brenda were fantastic. Very helpful & lovely people.  The location was great, near enough to the major parks but far enough away to escape disney mania! The pool was lovely and our 5 year old daughter even learnt to swim while we were there! We had a very memorable honeymoon ( thank you for the wine) and look forward to returning as soon as we can! We will be recommending your villa to our friends and family. Thanks again Jo & Rich

Jo & Richard Peace
March 2015

We had a lovely holiday in Orlando and found your Villa 'The Elm' one of the best we have stayed in. Your villa is very well equipped with everything we could of ever needed.  I was impressed with the amount of kitchen equipment you had and with plastic plates, glasses and bowls for the pool area. The pool area was well used after our busy days at the parks, water was perfect temperature and plenty of chairs and loungers for us to relax on.  Sun was on the pool all day long and we were not overlooked by anyone. The Villa itself was in a lovely road that is very well kept.  This is reflected by the inside, very spacious, comfortable and clean. If I had to find a negative (and this is very hard to do) I would say that the bathroom between bedroom 2 and 3 is a little on the small side but this is made up for by the size of the en-suite with bedroom 1 (unfortunately the Grandparents took this room). I also loved the utility room being off the kitchen area. In the past other villas have the washing machine and tumble dryer in the Garage. All in all a beautiful villa that I would highly recommend.  Thank you also for the information pack you sent before we flew out, seems you have thought of everything to help make your renters settle in quickly. I will let you know as soon as the deposit has been received.  Once again Thank You Carol & Anthony

Carol & Anthony Smith
February 2015 As this was our first private villa rental there was a slight amount of apprehension dealing with an owner direct however you made the process as painless as it could be. The information before we traveled and the level of equipment in the villa were the whole reason I wanted to book with an independent owner rather than with a generic company. The kitchen was so well equipped I'm sure you could have catered for 20 without running out of anything ! As the weather wasn't at it's warmest this February it made your south facing pool/lanai area even more important as it got the sun all day and was sheltered from a cold wind. The pictures on your website made it very clear what to expect and was one of the reasons I booked. Thank you for arranging a grill for the week, it was used every day (I use mine in the UK year round so the idea of not having one in Florida was at the front of my mind) Cheers, Rob & Adeline Rob & Adeline Jackson
January 2015

Having just returned back from our 'Annual Maintenance' trip as we like to call it, everything is looking in tip-top condition. We are always pleasantly surprised when we walk in and find how well our villa has been treated by our guests - thank you all :-). Also a big thank you to our local Management Company who oversee everything! However, this does not stop Anne from making sure the villa looks like the first day we walked into it when it was brand new! What with Anne's (Mrs. Bleach :-)) cleaning and me painting and pressure jetting everything and making sure everything is working as it should be, you will get what you see on our website :-).

Just a quick thank you to all our guests - especially all those that have returned over the years! - and their recommendation to friends. Without you all, we wouldn't be in business - THANK YOU!

Gary & Anne (The owners :-))
January 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at 'The Elm' and would certainly stay there again if we go to Florida. We found the house to be comfortable, clean and well-equipped and in particular really loved lounging by the pool. The house was within easy travelling distance of all the theme parks and International Drive, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. All in all, a very enjoyable stay and we would thoroughly recommend 'The Elm' to anyone holidaying in Orlando.

Hope to stay again soon!

Kathleen & Shaun McDonald, Flintshire, North Wales
December 2014

As a group of 4 Adults and 2 Children, The Elm is a perfect size for us. It’s location is great for visiting the major parks – Disney, Universal, Legoland and Busch Gardens – but it is also ideally situated to explore further afield too. With US 27 Highway just outside the development entrance it’s very easy to get on the I-4 and drive to any of Orlando’s, or indeed Central Florida’s attractions.There are plenty of great restaurants and take-aways within easy reach, there are several large stores including Walmart and Publix a 5 minute drive away, and a Walgreens is just a mile away. The villa itself is spacious, well decorated and well equipped (better equipped than other places I have stayed at) and the local management company could not have been more helpful to resolve a minor issue we had (missing paperwork for park tickets). Every room is comfortable and pleasantly decorated, so it really feels like a home from home. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal – plenty of cookware, bakeware and general kitchen gadgets, but with affordable restaurants and take-aways so close why would you cook? (We choose not to use the takeaway spinner on the fridge!)The Pool table and Table Football (Foosball) are a nice touch, as are the Playstation consoles. With more than enough TV’s, hi-fi’s, board games and card games all available too, you’ll do well to leave the villa at all! The pool area is also very comfortable, nice-sized seating area with plenty of comfy chairs and loungers. The spa/hot-tub is a delight to relax in after a long day walking around Mickey’s place!! Thank you for all your advice and assistance, we will definitely be going back.

Phil,Claire,Rob,Kelli,Hollie & Mason
November 2014 Villa was lovely thanks, we had a problem with the internet connection when we first arrived but it was sorted for us straight away and was fine from then on.  Everything else was great (apart from the weather, we have never known it so cold!!) so didn't get a lot of chance to sit around the pool like we had planned.  The bed was extremely comfy.   Hopefully it was left nice and tidy, as there was only the two of us we tried to keep it as clean as possible.   Rachael Rogers
October 2014 We had a wonderful time at The Elms, it was just what we needed after a hectic year, the villa was lovely and clean and very welcoming. We were very impressed with the Management Company, the one small issue we had was dealt with promptly and efficiently and Paul was really friendly. Spending our mornings relaxing by the pool before venturing out was perfect, we used the pool everyday and on several evenings after returning from our evening meal: a relaxing poolside holiday with plenty of sunshine was what we wanted, and that's precisely what we got. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Elm to friends and family, it is a well appointed, well maintained, well managed villa in a lovely quiet development, yet only a short drive from the hustle & bustle, the best of both worlds. M Cowie
October 2014

We all had a fantastic time and can honestly say we couldn't find fault with anything. The location was superb as were the pool and hot tub and pòol table. We would all love to go back again next year. Thank you once again. Graham

Graham Collins
September 2014 I've visited Florida on many occasions and normally always rent a villa. This was my first visit to 'The Elms' and I was not disappointed. The villa is located in a peaceful setting but close enough to all the amenities you could want. It was away from the noise and traffic of Kissimmee etc but not far to any of the parks, so it was really perfect for us. There were only 2 of us staying however the villa had plenty of space, and the furniture and fittings were of good quality. The villa itself was spotless and maintained to a high standard, a credit to the owner and their management company. The pool area was quite large and plenty of pool toys to play with lol. Although we visited mid September, we did opt for pool heat, which was the right choice for me, I think there were a couple of days where it may have taken us a bit to get in the pool without the heat (I'm getting old:))
 I'd have no hesitation recommending this villa to anyone, and if anyone would like an independent view I'm happy for Gary to pass on my email address
John McKinstray
September 2014 Well our 2nd stay at The Elm, was just as good as the first even though there was a six year gap between visits. The Elm really is a home from home. It's spotlessly clean, very well maintained and has all the amenities that you need, from the frequently used laundry room down to the free wifi. Whether your a family like we were on our first visit or just a couple this villa has everything you need. The location of the villa is perfect for us, it's away from all the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, which enables you to sit and chill with an ice cold drink by the pool in the evening enjoying the peace and quiet. The only time we had to contact the management company we got speedy and efficient service from them. I would recommend this villa to anyone. Sue Murphy
August 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Elm and the villa had everything that we needed.  We had a few small issues but Paul was great and managed to sort most of them out very quickly.The location was perfect, not too far away from the parks but far enough away to give us a lovely peaceful stay.  We stayed at Tuscan Ridge in the height of season but we could have been the only ones there as it was so quiet.  The elevated position of the villa meant that we were not overlooked in the pool area which was great and needless to say, with two excited children, this is where we spent most of our time!The only slight criticism, if we had to make one, would be that some of the fixtures are a little tired (the fridge had to be repaired a couple of times when we were there and the digital display on the oven was missing some of the lights which made it difficult to tell what the temperature was) but these are really only minor niggles and certainly didn't make our stay any less enjoyable.We would definitely stay in The Elm again (and hope to in the not too distant future) and would recommend it to anyone for the location, the quality of the villa and the helpful and friendly service from the owners, Gary and Anne and Paul at the management co.

The Kempson's
July 2014 We loved your villa. The location was perfect, close enough to all the attractions and a really nice quiet area to return to after the hustle and bustle of the parks. Neve and Charlie especially loved having their own pool ( I think they enjoyed the pool more than anything else!) The villa had everything we needed and it felt like a real home from home. It was great being on a slightly elevated position too, giving us that feeling of seclusion. Paul & Brenda were great too (we only had to call them to change a battery in the smoke alarm, nut they were friendly and helpful) We've had a great time and are already planning a return in the not too distant future. Take care and thanks again.  Malcolm,Emma,Neve & Charlie Spence
May 2014

The Elm is a fantastic property, and an ideal location for a holiday in and around the Disney/Orlando area.  Its very well kept, spacious, and has everything you could need. Its situated in a nice and quiet area, but close enough to everything you could possibly need.  The kids (all 4 of us) loved the pool and the games room. I would recommend the property to anyone looking for a villa in Florida, and we will be looking to book again if (when) we make a second trip!

Gary & Amanda Robertson
March 2014

Dear Gary and Anne, It is our last day at The Elm after a 5 week stay that was as wonderful as our last visit 2 years ago. Again your villa was the perfect spot for our escape from what we hear was horrible winter weather at home. The spring flowers should be raising their heads but instead we have been pounded by snow storms as recently as yesterday. We will set out on our drive very early tomorrow am (Thursday) and hope to be home in Nova Scotia Saturday suppertime. It is our intent to take the good weather with us! The pool has worked just fine since Paul fixed us up on our arrival. Paul and Brenda are great people and take so much pride in their work. Brenda brought us in a new blender and Paul did a stand up job on the window blinds. Again Gary and Anne, thank you for a wonderful vacation home and the seamless process in making it happen. We are so appreciative! Cheers, Wayne and Barb

Barb Caulfield & Wayne Crossan,
Nova Scotia, Canada
January 2014

We had an excellent time thank you. The villa was everything we could have wished for. The weather could have been a little kinder, however we didn't let this spoil anything. I did write a little something in the guestbook in the villa saying how we had enjoyed our visit. We would certainly like to return someday and would highly recommend “ The Elm” to others.

Keith & Kim Barratt
South Yorkshire, England
December 2013 Well I am absolutely thrilled and want to take this opportunity to say thank you so much, This trip was our 4th visit to Florida and the best one to date. Your villa is outstanding, loved every single bit of it, u have made it like a home from home, (although cooker took a lil time to get used too, u probably heard how I burnt pizza) can laugh about it now. Brenda and Paul are lovely too, called in to say hi and give us few tip where to eat and visit. We have loved it so much were planning another visit to your lovely villa, fingers crossed for next year!!
Loved the guest book, loads of positive feedback and I left a 2 page comment, lol, was perfect. Boys loved your games room, pool and the WiFi was a huge benefit to us all as we could keep in touch with home. Oh and Christmas decoration were lovely too, I could go on an on.
For the first time I was so sad to leave as it was so lovely, my perfect holiday, again thank u all for making it perfect an we all look forward to our next stay.
Tracy, Eric, Nicole, Chris and Jamie
Wallasey, England
November 2013

We had an amazing time- some very special memories made. The villa was perfect, nothing we could think of to add to improve it. We would live to stay there again and I think Johnny is planning on calling you sometime to discuss it. Thank you again so much for letting us stay at your wonderful villa.

Jonathan & Bethany Webb
Warwickshire, England
October 2013

Hi Gary and Anne. We arrived home safely today and we have had a truly fantastic holiday. We have fallen in love with your bungalow and Tuscan Ridge is a particularly nice community that we would happily recommend and return to ourselves.  We flew from Tampa and visited Busch Gardens so we were ideally located between our north and south travelling requirements.The first impression we had was that your place is very spacious. The open plan feel was welcoming and light but the reception area at the front gave some seclusion if needed.  The kitchen was well appointed and the laminated notes with tips and guidance is a great idea.  The extras such as cooler boxes and water sprays are an excellent unexpected extra that really came in handy. Michele and I absolutely loved the master bedroom with walk in wardrobe and double style en-suite. Just perfect! The other bedrooms were ideal for our party with comfy beds and plenty of storage space. We did not seem to have time to play pool or table football or any of the indoor games for that matter, but had we had a quieter itinerary then these would have been ideal. We did however use your pool and spa.  Quite simply amazing.  We loved it and this layout was a must for our group.  The outlook is so private! When we arrived the place was spotlessly clean.  The welcome pack seemed good value and the way that the bathrooms and bedrooms were presented was beautiful! We had cause to speak to Paul and Brenda your management people on a few occasions.  We were very impressed.  They responds promptly to our call and on meeting them they were very helpful and friendly.  We manage a UK holiday rental in Devon and I wish that I could locate someone like your management team to look after my place!  Very impressed! Overall I would rate the location as 9/10, the accommodation as 10/10 and your overall service, welcome package and management team as 10/10 also. Thank you ever so much Michele and Alun  

Michele & Alun Davies
Gwent, Wales
October 2013

Just returned from your villa again and would just like to say thank you! It really is very comfortable with everything you could think of to make your stay perfect! Could you please pass on our thanks to Paul and Brenda as we really appreciated their prompt help with regards to the safe. A few stressful hours with no access to passports money or travel insurance etc!! Just wish we had the problem earlier as they told us about some really interesting places to visit off the usual tourist map but only had 1 day left. Once again many thanks and hopefully be back soon!

Hilary,Paul,Ewan & Daniel Jones


September 2013

You have beaten us to it, we were going to drop you a line letting you know what a fantastic place you have in Florida.  We met Paul and Brenda literally 5 minutes after our arrival.  Paul and Brenda were fantastic, they showed us the finer details of the pool, spa, and the security system which was actively  doing its job just prior to their arrival.  They made us feel very welcome, and reassured us that if we needed anything to contact them.  The Elm was spotless and very comfortable, we had a fantastic stay and realised that we should have booked 3 weeks instead of 2.  We have taken a video to show family, friends and work  colleagues who are interested in renting a villa in Florida, so we will be highly  recommending The Elm. Manny’s steak is fantastic, we went twice during our stay and was a memorable experience.We had a fantastic time and will certainly be back again, thank you for your warm hospitality and look forward to booking with you again.

James,Lou & Tom Brady
Cheshire, England
July 2013

The Villa was wonderful, could not have been any more perfect.  Once we all got the hang of the emergency alarm on the sliding glass door all was well!! The location was wonderful and we loved every single thing about our stay.  It's great how you are slightly elevated and you don't feel overlooked whatsoever.  It's nice to sit there and look at that gorgeous palm tree and over the rooftops to the woods beyond.  Ryan got up early one morning and ran up to the main road to photograph the balloons overhead.....I managed to see two disappearing into the horizon! Paul and Brenda could not have been any more helpful and kind they were great. I would not hesitate to recommend the Villa to friends and family and certainly will do so going forward and we would love to stay with you again.

Jennifer & Jeff Leonard
Dorset, England
June 2013

We had a wonderful stay in Florida in your beautiful villa.  We had altered our travel arrangements slightly to arrive two days earlier than expected in orlando, staying at a nearby hotel for the first two nights before traveling to The Elm on the 27th.  The house was very clean, spacious and met all our requirements....you seem to have thought of everything!  The pool and football table in the garage were very well received!!!  It was great to be able to come back to such a nice home after a busy day in the parks.  The children made great use of the pool, their swimming improved immensely. I will certainly recommend your villa to anyone going to Florida and hopefully we will return to it ourselves in the not too distant future.

John & Louise O'Connell
Co Cork, Ireland


February 2013

My stay in February 2013 was my 5th at The Elm since May 2007, the 4th since October 2010 and 7th overall in Orlando.
Over the years I’ve come to consider the villa as my home away from home.
Gary takes great care of The Elm and even after the 3 years break between my first and second stay I couldn’t see much difference, as if the house hadn’t aged (I had small videos taken back in 2007 with my camera to remind me). The flat screen TV was the only noticeable change.
The house is well equipped, in great condition and there are plenty of onsite activities for those days when you do not feel like going out. My personal favourites would be the PS3 and the pool / spa.
The neighbourhood is always quiet, but not deserted off season which is reassuring safety wise. There are multiple grocery stores nearby (Publix, Wal-Mart, Target), quite a few restaurants and take away options. This time I went to Universal Studios and it took me a little over 35 minutes to reach the park using the I4 outside of rush hour. The management company is just a phone call away should you need anything

Olivier Chervet
Dublin, Ireland

November 2012

The villa was truly superb - everything you need for a little bit of luxury home away from home. It's apparent from how well the place is looked after that you both have great pride in the villa - down to all the little details such as proper duvets, books and a vast array of everything you could possibly need. The villa was a little taste of paradise for our honeymoon. It's always going to be somewhere special to us and we hope that it's somewhere we will return. Thank you for having us. Best wishes Paula and Niall 

Paula & Niall,

Nottingham, England, UK

October 2012

We had a great time at Tuscan Ridge. Very peaceful, good weather and your home provided everything we needed. I am a Landlord myself here in Edinburgh and appreciate the effort you have taken to provide a home from home in Florida. I was impressed with the general state of decor and the cleanliness of the flooring was notable-an area quite often overlooked. Not being  great fans of the hullabaloo surrounding the 192 we also appreciated being far enough away from the crowds but close enough to get to the Olive Garden in a gastronomic emergency. Having Dominoes just down the road was a curse as well as a blessing. The Parmezan bread bites were yummy.  Met a few of your neighbours walking their dogs. Nice folks. It was great having our own pool - we are used to sharing at the Satellite Beach Condo. Having an Edy's lime lolly before it melted was simply wonderful..and the strawberry ones and the peanut butter ice cream. Also peanut butter M&Ms.. There was also some Key Lime pie.....Left the pink ring and the green noodle for the next lucky people. Thanks again.
Catherine Sincla

Catherine Sinclair,

Dunfermline, Scotland, UK

September 2012

Well, what a wonderful time. There is so much planning and thought that goes into a successful Florida holiday. Gary and Anne, your spacious villa was perfect for our family for so many reasons. Comfort and quality - yes. Proximity to the parks - yes. Quiet and relaxing - oh yes! Your support from our initial enquiry through to the day of our departure was exceptional, clear concise support packs, information and instructions. You should be very proud of The Elm,  it is a huge credit to you.
Great Memories

The Bethel Family,

Chester, England, UK

August 2012

Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks for villa over over the past couple of weeks.  The villa is well equipped, well positioned and very clean.  I would happily recommend the villa to anyone asking

Tony Hatchman,

Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England

August 2012

We had a wonderful 3 weeks in Orlando made even better by staying at ‘The Elm’. The villa was lovely, fully equipped with everything you could possibly ever need. It was very spacious and clean and we all especially loved the pool area, great to cool down in after a busy day at the parks. The location is great  even in the busy peak time we went  it only took about 20 minutes to get to the parks and lots of restaurants and supermarkets were close by too, although we mainly stayed at the villa to eat as we loved it so much it seemed a pity to be out at the parks all day then go out in the evening as well. My favourite time was chilling by the pool in the evening with a glass of wine while the kids played in the pool . The kids also loved the games room and PlayStation’s that were provided, it seems you thought of everything. The whole process was very professional and well thought out. Thanks for the welcome pack and the phone call. If we are ever lucky enough to visit Florida again we would most definitely choose ‘The Elm’, just perfect. Thanks again

The Taylor Family,

Sheffiled, Yorkshire, England

July 2012

We had a fantastic time in Orlando and am sorry that we didn't complete the comments book but we were in a hurry having crammed one last day at Disney.  The villa was perfect, we all loved it and it was very clean and fantastically well equipped, we would be more than happy to use again and recommend to others. We thought your service was very professional, so thanks once again!

Fiona & Eddie Williams,

Clacks, Scotland

July 2012

We had a wonderful holiday in Florida and your villa was perfect for us – it was ideally situated for the I-4 and we had no problems/delays driving to and from the theme parks.  ‘The Elm’ is very well-equipped and we certainly had everything we needed - you seem to have thought of everything! We spent a few “chilling” days at the villa (to recover from ‘The Mouse’!!) and being able to cool down in the pool was wonderful (the kids also loved the pool table and spent a good few hours in your garage to get a break from the sun!).Should we return to Orlando, we will certainly consider renting your villa again and will definitely recommend it to any friends holidaying in Florida. Many thanks again for the use of your villa.

Bob & Pauline Arnott,
Fife, Scotland
May 2012 The Elm was great, the pool & jacuuzi was extremely nice to come home to after a day at the parks.  It was also good to be able to have a few games of pool in the evenings when were at the villa.  I would certainly recommend it to friends and family who are wishing to rent a villa in Orlando. Andrew Lancaster,
Wilmslow, Cheshire,  England
April 2012 We loved the villa! it had everything you need to sustain yourself, everything was so easy in regards to accessing it on the first day etc and we are already planning on returning to the Elm but with more family as not to feel so guilty that we only used one side of the villa!!

Thank you for all your help through the process, we appreciated the phone call and the Wine/beers!
We will definitely be in touch in the future.
Danny & Gemma English,
Gloucester, England
March 2012

Our stay at “The Elm” was perfect from the first contact we made with Gary and Anne, to the last moment we sadly closed the door on our departure. The booking process was seamless, the location and all the amenities of the villa one could think of, far exceeded our expectations. We even wondered if the perfect weather we had, 27 of 28 days being sunny, was ordered up especially for us. Friends and family that visited all said this was the villa they wished they had rented. We were also very impressed with the property management people, Liesl and Fintan. They were friendly and charming and very responsive to any minor request we may have had.

“The Elm” is a gem and it would be a pleasure to stay again on another visit. We would definitely recommend it to our friends. Truly a home away from home!

Thank you so much,

Barb Caulfield & Wayne Crossan,
Nova Scotia, Canada
February 2012

Just a quickie to thank yourself and Anne for letting us use your home in Florida for our recent holiday. I have to say I am impressed with the whole booking process although there is a lot to read, but that can’t be helped but you planned everything from maps, pictures and instructions on how to get to the villa, fantastic. We have been to Florida on four previous  occasions but have never stayed in a villa. You need to advertise it as the “Mansion on Tuscan Ridge” not villa, we did not know what to expect but I wished I had put two pairs of swimming trunks in a plastic bag and got on the plane because we needed nothing else, as you are aware we have two children and we were aware of the fact we would be stopping in someone else's home so we packed plastic plates, cups, towels, toys etc. and filled three suitcases to the limit and dragged them across the Atlantic. When we arrived at the villa we could not believe how much was in the place pushchairs, cot, extra bed, washing machine, tumble dryer, pool table, table football, toys, games, a television in every room, the lads thought they had died and gone to heaven. the kitchen wanted for nothing there is every “gadget” you need to cater for fifty guests! Then to top it all “the pool”, I could not get the lads out, they swam every spare moment they had, I could not fault the place at all and when we return to Florida I will be contacting you again, in the meantime please feel free to give my contact details to anyone who wants information on the villa, I would be more than pleased to confirm what I am sure you are telling them anyway.Thanks for everything. Mark

The Ferguson Family,
Solihull, England
February 2012 We all had a great time staying at the ELM. The ELM is well furnished and clean and the ideal size for our family of four. Of course the first thing the kids did was to jump in the pool and stayed in the pool most of the day. The kids also enjoyed sleeping in a bunk bed. All the parks are in easy reach as the ELM is very close to the main highway. We stayed in February and the parks were not so busy, so nearly no queuing. Again we have another brilliant holiday in Orlando and we would recommend staying at the ELM The Bruins Family,
Crowthorne, Berkshire, England
December 2011 Our second visit to "The Elm" and it felt like coming home !!! Fantastic weather helped us make the most of the true south facing pool complete with glorious sunsets, just stunning !! Really couldn't find a fault with the Villa, it's equipment or indeed the local management company and as per our previous booking Gary & Anne were fanastic to deal with from booking to heading home, always thinking of the little things that make all the difference. A lovely feeling to arrive on holiday after a long flight to find a fully lit Christmas Tree, just wonderful. The Elm is in a great position to get to all the Theme Parks with Disney being 10 mins door to maingate, as well as being only a couple of mins from the I4. Surrounded by Supermarkets (Publix, Target and Walmart) as well as great Restuarants such as Outback, Carrabas, Chillis and Longhorns to name a few, along with the Miller Orlando Ale House opposite Target on the 192 for those Sports fans who enjoy a beer. We truly hope to be able to visit again as soon as we can, in the meantime we will be strongly recommending to all our friends and family. Thanks Gary & Anne The Lyon Family,
Yorkshire, England
September 2011 My second visit to The Elm, the first one being the first year it was built! I found the place to be almost exactly like it was then, it has been very well maintained and looked after over that period. The Villa itself was immaculately clean and the surrounding area itself is still very quiet and peaceful, perfect for those days when you want to just relax by the pool. Everything you could possibly want is just so close, Universal, Seaworld, Disney all within a 20-25 minute drive down the I-4. Two huge supermarkets just a 5 minute drive away, and if you don't fancy cooking then there is a massive selection of places to eat, too many to mention! Honestly cannot fault The Elm at all, and already planning to come back for a third time. Darren Clarke,
Southend, Essex, England
August 2011 We've just returned from two fantastic weeks at 'The Elm'. It's located in a very quiet neighbourhood, which is ideal after those busy days at the theme parks! The villa was very clean and in excellent condition. The facilities there are brilliant, from the south facing pool, to the PS3 a particular favourite of out teenage son and my favourite the full size pool table. All the theme parks are only a 15/20 mins drive and the supermarkets and restaurants are only 10 mins drive. We cannot recommend this villa high enough! Thanks Gary and Anne for everything. The Rogers Family,
Essex, England
August 2011 Dear Gary & Anne Just a few words to let you know what a fantastic holiday we've had, made even more special by staying at your villa. We were little unsure about staying in a villa but we shouldn't have been, it really made our holiday. The directions to the villa were spot on and we had no problems at at all finding it. The space was great, having a 13 & 17yr old we all need our own space which was welcomed with 2 teenagers!!. The Villa its self was lovely and well equipped with all you need and more. The pool was great just to chill by and have a cool down, having the laundry room was a bonus it wasn't a chore to do some washing and I only went home with a few dirty clothes which was great. I think one of my best memories will be the morning after we arrived opening the blinds and seeing 6 or 8 hot air balloons taking to the sky, it was a breath taking moment. The service which we received from Gary and Anne was second to none and all our questions answered. We will definitely be coming back to The Elm. Julie & Simon Morgan Simon & Julie Morgan,
Walsall, England
August 2011 We stayed in this lovely villa for 6 nights at the beginning of August 2011. The information and details given to us by Gary and Anne were second to none. We arrived very late one night and found the villa easily from the directions. The villa is beautiful and was perfect for us. The two children loved having their own rooms, and of course the pool. Everything was clean and in superb condition. The locality was an excellent one. We would not hesitate in recommending the villa and will do so avidly! It is the only property we will consider staying in on future visits to Orlando. The Mathison Family,
Shropshire, England
June 2011 Fantastic house in an excellent location, perfect for a family holiday. This house is located on a quiet estate close to all amenities and close enough to attractions without being too close. Shops and restaurants are all within 5/10 mins drive, Theme Parks are about 20 mins drive and the Gulf or Atlantic beaches can be reached in about 2 hours. Attractions are many, from theme parks, beaches, baseball (at Tampa)etc The house is well furnished with plenty of space, a pool and even table football and a pool table in the garage. Fantastic fun for all and plenty to keep the kids amused. All in all a perfect place for a family holiday Ian Lovatt,
London, England


June 2011 Like many people we have been to Orlando and Tuscan Ridge a number of times so expected a great villa and were not disappointed. What made The Elm the best place we have stayed in was the service from Gary & Anne and the personal touch from the management company which just took all the 'usual' worry out of the equation. In short, super villa and superb service - The Elm will be the only choice for our next visit Mr & Mrs Lambert,
Gloucestershire, England


May 2011 Another truly memorable holiday - the second at your villa. We will certainly recommend the villa to our friends and family members who might be interested in a trip to Florida. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for keeping this holiday open from last year due to our son-in-laws situation. Many thanks to both of you. Gill. Mrs. Rayner,
Northfleet, Kent, England


May 2011 We can honestly say we were well cared for from booking to returning home by Gary. The villa was amazing, fully equipped with everything you could wish for. Children were fighting over the bedrooms before we even got there (we made a deal to swap so they got a week each to keep them quiet!!) A lovely quiet area yet not far from the parks and the pool was a welcome return after a busy day at the parks. The kids loved the snooker and football table and Mummy loved the space for peace and quiet!!! I would highly recommend this villa for anyone looking for a lovely, spacious 'home from home'. Thanks Gary for everything. The Trevors,
East Yorkshire, England


April 2011 This villa is lovely and the pool is the icing on the cake. It's a home from home and is in a quiet area around 20 minutes to the nearest park and will be close to the new Legoland later this year! The service we had from Gary was excellent and the photo directions were a godsend at 12am!! All in all a fab stay :)) Debs McGilley,
Wokingham, England
April 2011 Our 2nd visit to Florida & our 2nd time staying at "The Elm" - our last was 7 years ago & the house has been well looked after as it was as clean, comfortable, well maintained & with the addition of things like the pool table even better equipped. This house was perfect for our family with 3 teenagers as it is so spacious - it really is like home from home with all the extras Gary & Anne provide - 2 bathrooms, comfortable beds, plenty of towels (inc pool towels), laundry room (I didn't return with 5 cases of washing!) wireless internet connection, playstation with games, hairdryers, air con, ice dispenser, the list is endless but it all made for another fabulous holiday and when you return home from a long day at the parks to a cold drink and then straight in the pool it's the best! We love the quiet area that The Elm is set in & had a couple of days lazing by the pool as it gets the sun all day but you're not far from all the action as it's about a 15 minute drive to Disney & 30 minutes to Universal/Seaworld/Aquatica which is all off the Intersate 4 & Publix/Walmart were on route to top up on grocerys. We didn't want to come home but have returned with wonderful memories of another very special vacation spent in Florida and The Elm. Thank you Gary & Anne, we will keep in touch & return again one day! The Harris Family,
Norwich, England
March 2011 Recommended! This was our second stay at The Elm, this time with baby, and again we had a fantastic holiday helped by everything being taken care of from start to finish by attentive owners, the villa being in tip top condition and the fantastic weather - sunny 80'+ and no rain for two weeks. Everything was extremely clean upon arrival and the pool heaters worked great - spa warmed up very quickly with powerful jets, really was just what we needed after slugging it round busy parks. Pool area seems to get sun for most of the day and is set on set higher ground meaning you also get a nice cooling breeze. The pool table plays true and like new and saw plenty of action and we also found that the PS3 works with UK PS3 games. Air con also worked fine which was another weight off mind. The villa is spacious and well equipped and can easily accommodate larger family groups. Villa in very handy location - very quiet area yet not too far away from the main attractions, Disney approx 25 mins away and that's on busy roads. Parks were busy but managed to do what we wanted and used baby swap to our advantage. Also recommend use of single rider at Harry Potter - save yourself 90 min queue. Had some nice takeaways in - Chinese far better than anything else we experienced at Bamboo Wok up the road at Sand Mine Rd complex, also there is Applebees which we gave a try for first time (as every time passed car park full) and good food and 2 4 1 drinks. Needless to say we will be coming back to The Elm again. Thanks to Gary and Anne. Adam McNally, Thursby
Cumbria, England


March 2011 We actually stayed March 2011, it was arranged at short notice and was our first experience of a villa. Many previous holidays in USA but had always stayed in hotels. Villa was great, extremely well equipped and the pool and spa were lovely. Gary and Anne are extremely efficient and friendly and nothing seems to be too much trouble. Such a good experience that we will probably do it again sometime. Thank you Gary and Anne. David & Angela Phin,
December 2010 We've been lucky enough to holiday in Florida a number of times, The Elm is one of the nicest, well appointed villa's we have stayed in. Offering a "true" south facing pool, even on the cold days we enjoyed the sun and the superb sunset's. Driving to Disney took 10 mins door to maingate with access to I4 very close. All directions and initial information provided were fantastic and ensured that everything went smoothly. We will be booking for 2011 and we are already looking forward to going back to The Elm..... Thanks Gary & Anne The Lyon Family,
Barnsley,Yorkshire, England
October 2010 This was our third visit to Florida and our favourite house yet. Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy on arrival, the house was very well equipped with TV's, DVD players, Stereo and even an Xbox/Playstation. The pool/spa was fantastic, particularly after a long day doing the parks. It's very well situated for the parks with plenty of supermarkets/restaurants nearby, although the house itself is in a very nice, quiet area. We'll definitely recommend The Elm to anyone looking to go to Florida and we will definitely stay again in the future. Sim & Sue Didcott,
Bristol, England
October 2010 First time staying in a villa. Couldn't have wished for anything better! Facilities and location excellent. The boys loved the swimming pool, pool toys, games room, and not forgetting the TV in their bedrooms! The communication from Gary was 1st class and the details provided a few weeks before departure were superb. Hope to be back sometime soon! The Jones Family,
Hamilton, Scotland
August 2010 Arrived at the villa to find it very well equipped and extremely well maintained. Always a worry booking on the web and not seeing a villa prior to booking but we were very pleased indeed. The pool was very welcoming on the days we relaxed a bit and also in the evening after the parks. The location is great with access to the i-4 minutes away providing access to all parks and downtown areas. Management company very helpful, providing assistance with every query we had. The Elm really made the holiday for us and if we ever decide to return to Florida booking the Elm will be a must. The Ley Family,
Shropshire, England
August 2010 Our experience in The Elm when we spent a week in August was memorable. When we arrived at the villa everything we needed was available including kitchen utensils, extra sheets, extra towels,...etc And the villa was extremely well-maintained and clean, the management staff were also very helpful. We loved the pool and all the water toys that were available!! Ultimately, our experience was unforgettable and we will definitely repeat it if we went to Florida. We also referred the villa to all our friends and relatives inside the United States and in Jordan. Shaheen Family, 7/31-8/7 Mr Hazem Shaheen,
Amman, Jordan
Lincoln, England
June 2010 This was our second visit to the Villa, and this gave us peace of mind as we knew everything we needed for a comfortable stay was going to be there, We arrived at the Villa after a long journey and was delighted to walk in and settled down quickly in the homely comfort of the villa. It was always good to come back to the Villa after a busy day at the parks, and many times we heard ourselves say, we are home, the spa was a treat to sooth the muscles and prepare for the next day. The Elms website was of great value, and the wireless access was excellent for keeping in touch with everyone at home. We would have no hesitation staying at The Elm on our next visit to Florida Thanks to Gary and Anne for everything we needed on our family holiday. Angus, Elizabeth and Callum,
June 2010 Very last minute booking.....handled very well though, very organised and informative with all aspects of booking... The villa itself was fantastic, great location just off US27, 15 mins from Disney but also just in the right place to venture to Busch gardens, only took us 45 mins door to door..(prob just my driving lol). Near to restaurants and the fab Walmart for all your holiday food items and cheaper gifts to bring home. The villa was both comfortable and well equipped in fact everything and more that you could need for a fantastic Florida holiday. The villa management people were also very friendly always good to know incase of problems. In summary great villa, fab location and Gary and Anne were very good at providing all relevant information and more.....we would def book again. thanks Avril, Richard, Alex & Kate,
Lincolnshire, England
June 2010 An excellent villa with superb facilities. This villa is ideally situated in a quiet area of US 27 with only a 20 minute drive to the Disney parks areas. The villa management company were great, on hand to deal with any problems that arose during our stay. The pool and spa tub was a great way to unwind after a day at the parks and this villa has a good deal of privacy situated on slightly higher ground. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and rate this property highly. Many thanks Dave and Jo Mr & Mrs Kildea,
West Yorkshire, England
May 2010 We have just returned from a fantastic time in Orlando. This is our third visit to Orlando and our second time at The Elm. Making the right choice of house to rent really does make a difference and we shall be going back to Tuscan Ridge the next time we go to Orlando! The Elm has everything you can want from a holiday home and is placed perfectly for all attractions and amenities. The Brown Family,
Hertfordshire, England
April 2010 We had a terrific holiday with glorious weather in a faultless villa. The Elm was superb with every conceivable convenience. All contact with Gary prior to and during our stay was spot on - he couldn't do enough to make sure our stay was perfect and then of course he stepped up to the plate when we needed to extend our stay somewhat because of the Icelandic Volcano. We've holidayed in Florida twice before and this is without doubt the best villa we've ever had - it really is no more than 12 minutes from the Disney parks - the road system is terrific and driving stress free. If you can't decide on a villa for your holiday - take our advice and use The Elm - we are hard to please Scots and we were delighted! The Cotton Family,
Ayrshire, Scotland
March 2010
We arrived back yesterday after a fantastic time at your villa .We have stayed in many villas before but yours certainly had a homely feel and made for a very relaxing two weeks which was just what we needed. We all loved the hot tub and spent many happy hours in it. My son and fiancée came with us and enjoyed it so much they may be looking at booking it again next year for their honeymoon as the location was ideal. Hope we left everything ok. Many thanks .Regards Lesley and Geoff
Lesley & Geoff Gibson
Cambridgeshire, England
March 2010 We had a great time. The house was very clean and had all the facilities we could want. Excellent location. Would definitely come back. Richard Mencner
East Sussex, England
February 2010 We had a great time! Your house is beautiful and it was such a pleasure to deal with Anne & Gary. Noemie & Benno Lebovits
Baltimore, USA
January 2010 We have just returned from a fantastic holiday in Florida. Staying at the "Elm" was like being home from home only more luxurious. No more hotels for us after a stay in a villa. The weather could have been better but Florida was having a cold spell! We loved having our own pool and spa to relax in!! and played many games on the football table. We will definitely return in the future. Gary was so helpful with everything before we left. What a brilliant week. The Whipple Family, Pawtucket, USA
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