Recently, I had the chance to head down to the Orlando/Kissimmee area to surprise my kids with a trip to Disney and Universal theme parks. ¬†Unlike most families who stay at hotels while visiting the area we knew we wanted something a little more like home. ¬† Global Resort Homes had just what we were looking for, and instead of it being just my family we were able to make it a family reunion. ¬†We brought grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousins. ¬†We got to stay at ¬†2542 Archfeld Blvd. ¬†which is in the Windsor Hills area.
After picking up our key code from the main office (which I loved just having a code and not a key or card to have to keep track of) we headed over to the Windsor Hills community and the first thing I noticed was how secure it was. ¬†With guards on duty that you have to check in with before you can even get on the property and it being a gated community I felt like I was going in somewhere safe. ¬†You had to have a code to scan in to get on the property even after the first time, which I thought was great. ¬†As a parent, safety is a big thing for me. ¬†As we drove through the community I noticed the pristine condition it was kept in. ¬†Lawns were manicured and it was so clean.
There was a club house with a gym, a pool, internet cafe, game room, and even a movie room that can be reserved to have a movie night for up to 40 people. ¬†As we continued to find the home we would be staying in we noticed two parks. ¬†One that was gated (with a code to get in) and a smaller park. ¬†On our 6th day there we finally ventured to the big park and the kids LOVED IT. ¬†With a human sized chess board and so many playground toys we may have been able to never leave the property at all…if we didn’t already have other things planned of course. ¬†After driving just a little bit we finally arrived…
Absolutely beautiful! ¬†If the outside was like this I could not wait to see the inside. ¬†Disappointed, I was not. We had a 6 bedroom, 4 bath home to stay in for 9 nights! ¬†My breath was taken away the minute I walked in. The layout of the house was perfect. ¬†You walk into a sitting area and formal dining area and continue on to the living room, kitchen, ¬†and breakfast nook which lead out to the pool. ¬†Off the living room was a bedroom and a bathroom as well as the laundry room and garage…which was no longer a garage but a game room (my kids LOVED that room).
Going back to the front door you can head up the stairs to the owners suite (master bed, and bath) and the 4 other bedrooms. ¬†The owners suite was probably about the size of half of my house…HUGE! ¬†With a Pirate Mickey themed room and a princess themed rooms kids will be thrilled to have these fun rooms to sleep in. ¬† I know mine were! ¬†The little girl in me wanted to sleep in the princess room…until I felt the bed in the master suite, it was pure heaven!
This particular house can sleep A LOT of people. ¬†There were 2 King Beds, 2 Queen Beds, and 4 twin beds and could sleep 12 comfortably. ¬† I was amazed at how big it was, yet it wasn’t an overwhelming “I would never be able to keep up with this house” kind of big. ¬†In fact, I have told my husband I would not mind moving there at some point…or at least building a home here like it. ¬†I loved the little details the house boasted:
Then there was the pool and hot tub. ¬†This area was such a great area for just convening and spending time as a family having fun. ¬†The kids spent 90% of the time we were actually at the house in the pool. ¬†I spent most of my time in the hot tub that flows right into the pool. ¬†The atmosphere was so relaxing and I enjoyed having a screened in pool and porch area. ¬†As you can see, the kids did too:
As I said, this is one of the bigger homes Global Resort Homes offers, but they have everything from 2 bedroom condos to this 6 bedroom home. ¬†So no matter the size of your group you should be able to find something right for you on one of their propertieis. ¬†The best thing about this particular property is how close it was to the theme parks. ¬†We were literally about 10 minutes (with traffic and parking) from Disney parks and about 20 minutes to the Universal parks. ¬†We loved being able to wake up eat breakfast, make lunches to take, spend all day at the parks, and then come home and cook. ¬†We didn’t have to worry about finding a¬†restaurant¬†and were able to eat at home every evening. ¬†While the kids may still have been going full speed, us adults were ready to be pajama clad in the evenings. ¬†The last thing we wanted to do was go out anywhere to eat.
If you are considering traveling to the Orlando/Kissimmee area I would definitely look into staying with Global Resort Homes. ¬†With the smaller homes running about the same (and sometimes less with the great specials they are always having) than a hotel, you can have the comfort of home while vacationing. ¬†Trust me the money you can save from being able to eat at home, you can put away for your next vacation to the area. ¬†You don’t have to worry about loud people next door or above you. ¬†You can enjoy your vacation and go home with clean laundry! ¬†So, what are you waiting for go over and like Global Homes on facebook so you can jump on one of their specials.
**7 Nights of accommodations were provided and I received a media rate on the other two. ¬†No compensation was received. ¬†The honest opinions are my own.