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The simple answer to this is yes. Without the use of a vehicle, your stay will be inhibited. Public transport is not as widely available as it is in countries such as the U.K, therefore to ensure you get the most out of your Florida vacation, a hire car is a must. The most popular and trusted hire companies are situated at the major airports, making the whole process of picking up your rental vehicle very easy.
St Andrews Villa has a secure key-less entry system. We will provide you with the access codes for The Shire Community as well as the villa prior to your arrival so there is no need to pickup or drop-off keys. If you arrive late at night due to a delayed flight the last thing you want to do is have to take a detour to visit a rental agency's front-office to pick-up keys!
Just yourself and your clothes. Our villa is fully equipped to be like a home from home and has all the bed linen and towels you will need. The housekeeper will also leave a small supply of toilet tissue and soap in each bathroom. We provide beach towels for when you use the pool we have a well stocked supply. Please note the property is offered on a self-catering basis and so no food and/or cleaning supplies are provided, for health and safety reasons any such items left by a previous guest are disposed of by the housekeeper.
Check-in is after 4 p.m. and check-out time is 10 a.m. If no other guests are arriving on your day of departure a later check-out time may be possible
Starting with the obvious - space and privacy. Instead of being confined to a restrictive hotel room, you will have all the comforts of home and much more. There will be separate bedrooms, a living area to relax for watching television, a dining area and kitchen. With added extras like games room and wireless Internet the whole family will be catered for. As each villa has laundry facilities, there is no need to over-pack and less chance of being charged for overweight baggage. And of course you’ll have your own private swimming pool and sun-beds.
When selecting a villa with a private pool, some people believe that south facing is best. This is not necessarily the case. Because Florida is much closer to the equator than the UK, there is much less advantage to a south-facing pool and indeed there can be disadvantages. You should always consider the strength of the Florida sun and bear in mind that children and small babies will need a covered area for their protection. During the summer months especially it can become unbearably hot with a south-facing pool and patio, especially if no shade is available.
The best villas tend to get booked up well ahead of when the airlines release their flights and fares (normally 10-11 months before date of flight), especially for the peak times during school holidays. Therefore you may find that if you wait until booking your flights first, your villa of choice may not be available for your exact dates. There are many flights available from the UK to Orlando, both direct and indirect, and it will normally be possible to find available flights to match the dates of your villa booking.
There are a number of toll booths that you will need to pass through on your way to St Andrews. The exact number will depend on whether you exit the airport from the north or the south and each toll can be anything between 50 cents to 2 dollars. It is always recommended to have some cash in various denominations handy.
Your directions will be sent to you once your final payment has been received.
International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization )which will last for two years from the date of application. There is a small administrative fee to be paid for each ESTA (currently $14) and they can be applied for on-line in a few minutes. Some companies have surfaced that will 'apply' on your behalf and charge you an additional fee - you DO NOT need to use one of these companies.
You simply need to contact the local tax office for the area in which you intend to use and park your vehicle, as each county has different rules in relation to the issuing of disabled badges to international tourists. Kissimmee for example, where the likes of Disney is located requires applicants to attend the local office(s), where upon producing your home disabled badge and passport you will be issued with a local badge which lasts for 90 days maximum. Although other areas do not require this, and simply allow the use of your very own disabled badges as provided within your own country, the safest option is to obtain a Floridian badge to ensure that your parking is legal, no matter which area you are in.
Most of the major car hire companies offer adapted vehicles for use by disabled visitors.
The villa is thoroughly cleaned immediately before your arrival, and fresh linen & towels are provided. A mid-stay clean can be arranged locally through management company at an additional charge of $100.
Smoking is NOT permitted in any part of the villa with the exception of the pool deck area. Smoking in rental villas and almost all other public or commercial indoor spaces is prohibited under the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act.
Our villa is cared for by a well-established professional management company (Key Enterprises LLC), who ensure the villa is maintained to the highest standards. They are on-hand 24/7 to assist you in the unlikely event that you have a problem during your stay.
We do not provide a BBQ at the Villa. They are however available for rent locally from our property manager. Please note that Florida Law forbids any BBQ being used within the caged area and therefore if a BBQ is rented it MUST be used outside the pool area to the side of the villa.
The villa's pool and deck area is fitted with a 4 ft high mesh fence that runs the entire width of the pool deck to protect children from accessing the pool. You are advised not to remove this safety net when young children are about due to the risk of drowning. If the safety net is removed it is entirely at your own risk and we do not accept any liability for any injury sustained by any person.
The screen is made from a fine mesh and is there to stop insects, debris and the Florida wildlife from reaching you and the pool. The enclosure also helps by blocking some of the sun's direct heat while letting the breeze blow through making it cooler and more comfortable.
The villa is located on The Shire at West Haven just off the US27 on Ronald Reagan Parkway.
A Walgreen’s Pharmacy and general store is located approximately ½ a mile away (2mins by car) A Publix grocery store is just 1 mile away at Champions Gate, and is open every day from early ‘til late. A Wal-Mart Super centre is located a further 4 miles north on US-27, and is open 24 hours a day.
There are a number of restaurants just a mile away at Champions Gate including Wendy’s, Chilli’s, Millers Ale House and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers as well as a Fish & Chip shop!