Frequently asked questions
Can I use the lemons
on the lemon tree at Florida Breeze Villa?
Of course. We provide a recipe for lemonade. You only need to get some sugar. The villa has a lemon squeezer and a jug. You can cook with the lemons, too.
How do I pay?
You can request a quote in UK pounds, US dollars, Canadian dollars or euros. We take payment in any of these currencies either by bank transfer or by cheque, or by credit card. 3.5% surcharge for credit card payments.
How will I get the key?
The front door has a keypad. Once you have paid in full, we will give you a code to open the door. There's an automatic light outside the front door. No keys to lose, just a code to remember.
Do I need to rent
Almost certainly yes. All our guests do rent a car, but you could manage without if you just want to laze by the pool, and don't mind a 10-minute walk to buy food. Contact us for information about how to get to Florida Breeze Villa from the airport.
Is it warm enough to
swim in the pool in winter?
Our pool can be heated, so you can swim at any time. Note that we do charge extra for pool heating to cover the high cost of running the heater.
Do I need to do any
The villa is cleaned for your arrival and after you leave, at the owners' expense. We provide a vacuum cleaner, mop etc in case you need them during your stay, or we can arrange a cleaning service (at extra charge).
something goes wrong in the villa?
Our management company deals with any problems. Their phone number is prominently displayed in the kitchen.
We also provide a comprehensive guest book with instructions for appliances, health and safety information, and guides to local shopping and attractions.
What's the weather
Gorgeous most of the time. You can eat breakfast by the pool most days in winter. It's a bit warmer in summer, but the villa is fully air-conditioned and you can cool off in the pool. There's an umbrella sunshade on the patio.
Doesn't it rain?
Yes it does, but it usually rains hard for a very short period, then the sun comes out again. If it is raining, the villa has 5 TVs, games and high-speed broadband (own laptop required).
Yes, they do occur in Florida, but only very rarely. Our villa is built to withstand them, but in any case hurricanes do most damage near the coast. If you've never seen the weather forecast before in the USA, you'll marvel at its accuracy.
What's in the garden
at Florida Breeze Villa?
Our patio garden has a bird of paradise plant. It flowered for the first time in 2011. There's a rosemary bush - use some sprigs in your cooking - and a beautiful tropical stromanthe with pink and cream leaves. In the front garden there's hibiscus and azaleas, and new for 2013 a ginger plant (not edible), trinettes, miniature swiss cheese plant, variegated hibiscus and more. And palm trees, of course.
Can I see any
wildlife from Florida Breeze villa?
Southern Dunes has three resident sandhill cranes. They visit our back lawn from the golf course as there are no trees blocking the way. Sometimes a flock of ibises comes, too. With luck, you might see a bald eagle soaring in the sky. You're safe from alligators at the villa, but there are plenty in the lakes in Central Florida.
Aren't there mosquitoes
and other bugs in Florida?
Yes there are insects, but our pool area is completely screened. You can sit out without being bothered by bugs or other wildlife.
How do I know this villa
rental isn't a scam?
Scams for villa rentals do exist. We monitor what's happening with them over the Internet.
We've been renting out our villa for over 12 years now. If you're really worried about a scam, before you confirm your booking, we can send you a link to our entry in the Florida Polk County Property Appraisers Database which shows that we are the owners of the villa.
Martin is a retired chartered accountant and CPA. Susan is a retired university professor. Google our names to check us out.