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Mariner Cay Villa at Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Villa in Southern Dunes, Florida, USA - Peaceful Lake View location

Welcome! We would like to introduce you to our beautiful

3 bedroom lake-view villa at Southern Dunes golf and country club which is available for you and your family to rent. Once you have experienced a luxury villa vacation we feel sure you won’t want to go back to a cramped hotel – especially when the price you pay is for the villa – not per person! This home with private pool benefits from an outstanding plot overlooking a lake in this secure, gated golf estate close to Disney and all the central Florida attractions. Shops and restaurants are close by and there is a 24 hour Walmart within walking distance from the main gates. New free wireless broadband internet access included. Southern Dunes - A great golfing holiday location close to Disney. Southern Dunes is situated on highway 27, close to interstate 4 and highway 192. We are close to shops, restaurants and of course the theme parks. The beautiful gulf coast beaches are only 90 minutes drive away.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I live in England with my wife, our daughter and our pet labrador. For many years we have enjoyed visiting Florida so we decided to buy our own villa there. We try to visit as often as we can (not often enough!) and the rest of the time we rent out the villa.

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Speaks English, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beth Neilsen 14/1/2013-14/4/2013 Hi Simon: Well we are just sitting outside around the pool enjoying the last couple of days. We have had a great winter and can't believe it is time to leave. Thanks for the use of your home. We have enjoyed our stay.

Gary Foulds 23/10/2012 - 6/11/201: Hi Simon,Just wanted to say thankyou for letting us stay in your villa. Everything went very smooth and the villa was great and in a beautiful spot. Thanks again.

Dave & Maureen Beck 10-17 June 2011 - We had a wonderful time in your villa, everything was as you described. It was very nice to sit around the pool and take in the views. The golf course, club house and facilities are first class. We will return and recommend to friends. Thank you.

Ron Klipple 01 Jan-28 Feb 2011 Hi Simon, we had a wonderful stay in your villa, the weather was just great. Southern Dunes is a lovely development and the golf course is exceptional. We traveled up to Disney and/or the Orlando area almost every day! Thank you.
May 2011
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Great villa

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I stayed here the first 2 weeks in November. We were very impressed with the cleanliness & facilities. We enjoyed visiting the theme parks, playing golf & then sometimes just chilling by the pool. The villa overlooks a lake, perfect for those warm summer evenings enjoying a meal & glass or 2 of wine by the pool. We would definitely return. Thankyou, Simon !

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Honest Review

  • 1 of 5

I'm not in the habit of writing bad reviews, but I am submitting this to ensure future guests know what to expect. Before I go on to describe the many problems we had, I'll give a basic overview

The villa itself is basic and in need of upgrading. The main bedroom ensuite is old and was quite dirty. The single beds were so noisey it was impossible to fall asleep. The AC was very poor - even after the guy came round and fixed it. At night it was extremely warm. No TVs in the kid's rooms and a Playstation with no games in the living room.

Cockroaches found in every room.

The problems started on the very first day when I noticed the pool was cold (I had paid a substantial fee to have it heated). I complained and the rental company said they would turn the heat up. By day 2 and 3 it was still too cold to enjoy, then to add to the problems, I noticed the fridge had stopped working. Whilst waiting for hurricane Matthew to pass by, which he did quietly, (the rental company were incommunicado for 3 days) we endured the cold pool and warm fridge for another few days. Needless to say all our fresh food had to be chucked out.

Eventually got hold of rental company and they turned the heat up and fixed the fridge (while we were out for the day).

That night my wife and I enjoyed a dip in a pool for the first time, which was quite hot. The next day the pool was SO hot my daughter let out a scream when she jumped in it!

Yet again I complained and the pool heat was eventually normalised (no explanation or apology offered)

I contacted the owner and explained everything that had been going on. The LEAST I was expecting was a partial refund of the pool heat - a fair assumption I'm sure you'll agree. Yet to my surprise the tone of the replies I recieved from the owner was that I should be GRATEFUL that I shouldn't have to pay for HIS faulty fridge.

No offer was made to refund the money I had paid to have the pool heated . My emails were getting ignored for days (he said he couldn't email because he was 'out for a few days' - ironic that I managed to keep up comms with him from a foreign country..)

After my requests for partial refund of the pool heat were bluntly refused, I gave up and tried to enjoy what was left of a stressfull holiday.

I have given a full, frank and honest review of this holiday home in the hope that travellers will look elsewhere for their vacation of a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have never felt the need to respond to a review before but feel I have to respond to what I consider an unreasonable review by this renter. Taking each point in turn: The villa was built in 2006 and we visit ourselves once a year for our own holiday and to freshen it up. We aim to maintain the villa to a good standard and will always respond to reasonable feedback to make improvements where we can. If anything is required then we address that during our visits and our local on-site representatives (FIH) are on hand to deal with any immediate concerns and fixes needed during your stay. The ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom is not dirty. The bathrooms are cleaned after each rental visit. The single beds in the 3rd bedroom are springed so there may be some noise when moving. We will consider whether these need replacing in future. The main A/C unit has recently been replaced so is in fact new. The A/C is covered by a comprehensive annual maintenance contract which includes regular checks and parts replacement. The temperature is set to a normal level which most people regard as pleasant. There is a temperature control unit available to change that setting if required. There is no TV in the 3rd bedroom but there are 2 TVs in the property. There is a playstation with a limited selection of games. The claimed issue with cockroaches was not raised by the renter with FIH during their stay and no issues have been raised since. We have a pest control contract with regular internal and external treatments. One should not be surprised to come across the occasional insect - that is life in Florida! The pool heat was raised with FIH during the renters stay and was dealt with at the time. Given this renter's claims I asked for a full account from our FIH which was provided to the renter. This included regular temperature readings in the 80s for the pool heat and a part was changed during their stay to maintain in the mid 80s rather than upper 80s. I am not always available as I live in the UK but that is why we have FIH as local reps who are on-site at Southern Dunes and always available to assist renters. We take great pride in the villa and most people enjoy their stay which we offer at a reasonable price. We will continue to enjoy staying at the villa ourselves and hope you will too!
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Pre-Airshow Accommodations

  • 4 of 5

Our party of 5 adults was lucky enough to rent this villa for only one night (which is generally not done) in order to attend Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, FL. While I understand this is pretty unusual, Simon worked with us for the single night. The villa itself was all that it was advertised to be and our entire party was well pleased. Our only complaint-we ran out of toilet paper in both bathrooms and none was to be found anywhere in the villa, nor were there any tissues, napkins or paper towels. This caused us a bit of stress since this is one of those things you often take for granted. Other than this issue, everything was great. The cleaning staff prior to our stay was fabulous as was the rental management staff. We would rent this place again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are glad to hear your short stay was successful and you enjoyed the villa. Sorry to hear you ran out of toilet paper - the cleaners should of course always leave some paper at the villa for your arrival. Best wishes Simon
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From the Owner

We stayed at Southern Dunes one time and loved the location and ambience. The golf course is picturesque and there is a nice feel about the place. So we decided to buy a villa on the estate and we opted to pay for a premium location with a lake view from the pool as we prefer not to be overlooked. The location is great for us because it is close enough to the attractions so that they are easy to reach and yet you feel you have escaped the crowds when you reach Southern Dunes.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The villa is 90 minutes drive from the gulf coast beaches of St Petes and Clearwater and is 75 minutes drive to the Atlantic coast and Cape Canaveral.


Southern Dunes is 45 minutes drive from Orlando International airport (MCO). A car is essential whilst staying at the villa.


The villa is within a short walk of shops, restaurants and bars just outside the main gates.

The villa is a 20 minute drive to Disney and Legoland Florida and 45 minutes to Universal Studios.

Further Details:

Southern Dunes has a 24 hour manned security gate. Just outside the main gates is a 24 hour Walmart with gas station.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7
1 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 8
19 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are arranged directly with the owner or by online card payments through this website
For online card payments through this website payment terms are as set out on the website. The initial deposit is non-refundable. The booking can be cancelled or amended by agreement with the owner prior to the second and final payment. Once the final payment is made there are no refunds for cancellation.
For other bookings agreed directly with the owner, once availability is confirmed and a price agreed, the renter completes a booking form and sends this to the owner together with the initial deposit of $250 (£150) as down payment on the rental. This payment is non refundable. The balance of the holiday is payable 8 weeks before the holiday starts. Once full payment is made no refunds can be provided.. The owner will provide detailed driving instructions and key access information.

Changeover Day:
Check in time is 4pm.
Check out time is 10am.

Notes on prices:
Contact the owner for further details and discounts on longer stays and special deals.
Sales Tax is included within the price quoted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Of course we love the pool and the location with the view over the lake. We enjoy nothing better than sitting out in the morning or the evening enjoying the views - and the weather (usually!). Its nice to go for walks around the golf course or visit the clubhouse and you can wander over to Walmart if you need anything.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • lake
  • waterfront


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over, wc, sink, mirror, cupboard space and hair dryer. Bathroom 2 - bath/shower over, wc, sink, mirror and cupboard space.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Queen size bed, cable TV, en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe. Sliding doorway leading out to the pool and the lake view. Bedroom 2 - Double bed, large wardrobe, plenty of storage space Bedroom 3 - Twin beds, large wardrobe and storage space


  • Golf ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Cots, high chairs and barbeque can be provided for an additional cost. Southern Dunes facilities include large communal pool, tennis courts, children's playground, clubhouse restaurant, bar and exercise facilities. Outside: Private pool overlooks lake and is south west facing so ideal for sunsets. Pool heating is available at an additional cost. The pool area is fully screened with safety fence. Pool area includes table and 4 chairs with 2 sun loungers. Landscaped lawns surround the villa. Utility Room: The garage contains a pool table in case you need a break from the sun and the pool! There is also a washer and dryer for your convenience together with iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath and pool towels are included. Bedding linens and blankets are included. The property is fully cleaned between each rental. Additional cleans can be arranged during a booking for an additional fee. Other: Free wireless broadband internet access is available.

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