Outside the house:

You can relax and enjoy the views of the lake and birdlife from the large private pool and deck area, and read, chat or eat in the shade of the lanai with its own ceiling fan and outdoor light. The pool is large and Italian-style, with underwater lighting. Around it are sun loungers and patio chairs with a large patio table under the lanai.  Depending on what our most recent guests have left in the house, the range of pool toys can be amazing (our thanks to everyone who does this).

Pool cleaning and garden maintenance are provided weekly, and our property manager and his friendly team offer a personal and comprehensive service to let you enjoy your vacation.

Having the lake at the back of the house is great, it has lovely birdlife and is a very peaceful backdrop.  But it's not for swimming, boating or paddling, like any stretch of open water in Florida, it can and sometimes does have alligators in it.  The land between our house and the lake frontage is private to our house, though there are no fences to demark it.  We ask guests not to walk off our garden / yard into onto our neighbours' property.   

Inside: 

The interior is fully air-conditioned and offers luxurious and spacious accommodation. All rooms have ceiling fans, and it's carpeted and tiled throughout in cool shades. There are 3 separate living areas: 2 indoors (the great room and the den), and the lanai outdoors by the pool. Plenty of space for people to spread themselves out and do their own thing. 

There is a telephone with free local calls, and you can buy telephone cards from Walgreens for long distance and international calls.  There is a DVD / CD player and 4 televisions.  And for the beach there are chairs, a coolbox and ice packs, and sun umbrella.  There are smoke alarms throughout.

The great room:

This is the main living area and is in the centre of the house. This big airy room has views across the pool to the lake and has a luxurious seating area at the heart of it, with leather sofa and armchair, a large hi-definition cable TV, top-of-the-range DVD / CD player and radio. You can play your iPod through the audio system.  We have left you a selection of CDs and DVDs that we enjoy. There are also wildlife and tourist guides for the area, maps, novels, etc. 

There are two eating areas, one more informal by the kitchen, overlooking the lake and pool, the other more formal for special occasions. 

Den / study - use it as you choose

The den has a comfortable sofa and its own TV & DVD player.  For those who want to have a connected office, it has a desk, and high speed wifi internet.  There is also the option of connecting via a cable if you prefer.  Just bring your laptop. There's a printer too.

Bedrooms

The master bedroom suite has a King size bed, flatscreen TV, en-suite luxury bathroom with bathtub, twin sinks, large walk-in shower, and closet / wardrobe. There's also a quiet seating area in the bay window overlooking the pool and lake.

The 2nd bedroom has a Queen size double bed and flatscreen TV, and the 3rd bedroom has twin singles. Each bedroom has its own large closet / wardrobe, and they share the remodelled second bathroom with sink, toilet and walk-in shower.

The whole of this guest wing can be closed off from the main living areas to keep the noise of the main house out.

Kitchen and Laundry

The kitchen is well appointed - large fridge freezer with automatic ice dispenser and water filter, double sink with waste disposal, microwave, juicer, large oven and hob, dishwasher and more.

A washing machine and clothes dryer are provided in the separate laundry next to the kitchen, where there is also a large pantry cupboard.  There are usually recyclable shopping bags stored in here, and a lot of disposable plates, plastic cups, etc.  It would be wise not to rely on this, but there are usually some salt, pepper, teabags, coffee & sugar in there, as well as other basic supplies which you are welcome to use.

Garage

The garage always has a good selection of things for the beach and pool- parasols, beach chairs, a cool box (ice blocks are in the freezer in the kitchen), and lots of buckets, spades, blow-up pool / beach toys, etc.  Last time we were there there was a beach baseball set too.  Use anything you like, and please throw away anything that 's broken.

Fisherfolk will find some kit in the garage, and there is also a golf club or 2.  There is also currently 1 adult-sized bike, plus helmet.   We provided some of this stuff, but much has been contributed by guests - thanks to everyone who does this.

Linen & towels, & a few last things

All bed linen and towels (bathroom and pool) are provided, and there are hairdryers in both bathrooms.

Normal use of water and electricity is included in the rental price, as is final cleaning.

In addition to all of the above, guests sometimes leave things behind, intentionally or otherwise.  Whatever you find in the house is for you to use and enjoy.