should I book with
A lot of
people still book their
holiday villa through a traditional travel agent. Quite often, you get
your villa allocated upon arrival with no specifics as to the property
you will be occupying and on which development it will be situated.
Booking directly with us/the owners means you avoid this inconvenience
and worry. You are able to ask us as many questions you need to
beforehand, you can see the pictures on our website and know exactly
what you are paying for.
Unlike so many
other vacation homes,
PatricksVilla and our guests are always being cared for by us, the
owners. You don't have to deal with a management company, we are
When we bought
made sure that it is a property that offers privacy. When you compare
our pictures with pictures of other vacation homes you will find that a
lot of them are either build in a long row, one next to each other, or
directly opposite each other, overlooking the neighbors pool. You
don't want to go for a swim in your own private pool
only to find that the guy next door is just a few feet away, admiring
your beautiful body.
the house better value than a hotel?
The rate for our home is for
the whole villa, not per person. In addition to the well equipped
bedrooms and bathrooms, you have the luxury of two lounges, your own
very well equipped kitchen, your own pool, relaxing pool deck and a
double garage. We have
got a variety of games for our Nintendo Wii, SONY Playstation 3
and the Playstation 2, books and DVDs in the home,
together with interesting visitor information.
Recently we upgraded PatricksVilla with another large LCD TV and a
Panasonic Home Theatre System. We have also produced an in depth
"Welcome Book" to inform you about everything you need to know about
PatricksVilla. It includes general information about the area as well
as important telephone numbers and information on how to operate the
various electrical equipment including TVs, DVDs and Videos.
contact us should you like to view this booklet in advance. We will be
more than happy to send it to you.
Can I discuss this
We would be
more than happy to discuss any aspect of your holiday with you. We are
very familiar with Orlando, Central and Southern Florida as we have
lived there and can offer you advice on practically anything you need
to know. .
All you need to do is call us on +1 863 223 0132 (USA), or you
can just email us. ( dirk@PatricksVilla.com
We also invite you to view our on-line guestbook to see what previous
guests had to say. You will find this here:
Are there any hidden extras to the prices
quoted on the
No, the prices quoted are the prices you pay. The only
optional additional charge is for electrical pool heating which we
would be happy to arrange for you in advance (please see our rates page for further details) and for cleaning should you stay
with us for less than 7 days.
What if I need
more than one villa?
contact us, friends of ours are also villa owners on the Southern Dunes
community and we would be more than happy to arrange a further villa
should you require one.
are a lot of villa choices, why yours?
is the best ... No jokes aside,
Our villa is set on an established community, there is
no building work being done and you are not overlooked by anyone else,
in-fact you have a great view over the 12th fairway of the
Southern Dunes Golf course!
The houses to the right and left are far away, a fact
that guarantees your privacy only a few other villas can offer.
are constantly changing and improving our villa to
ensure it is kept to the highest standard possible. Only in December of
2011 we installed hard-wood flooring and fitted a wonderful designer
Make sure you regularly check the
- Solar heated Pool
Additionally PatricksVilla is a large two story, 4
bedroom, 3 bath property with all the amenities you require to ensure
you have the luxury you deserve during your stay with us.
Our costs are for our villa that is kept to a very
high standard with everything you could require for a fantastic holiday
at a reasonable and sensible cost.
will not find many villa owners who look after their guests direct and
take great pride in the customer service. Due to the fact that we now
live in the USA again (we are originally from Germany) you only have
one contact.... Us, the owners....
The villa is
cleaned by our cleaning lady ready for when you arrive. We take great
pride in the cleanliness of PatricksVilla and make sure that everything
is up to our high standards. In addition, every quarter, we do a
"spring clean" ourselves (if you knew the lady of the house, you would
know what that means),
There is no cleaning service during your stay (although we would be
happy to arrange that for you at an extra cost [US $100 / £ 70 / € 100 per clean - please contact us] but the villa will be cleaned once
you have departed, ready for our next guests.
Is there a security deposit ?
refundable security deposit of US$ 500.00 / £ 300.00 must be paid at
the time of final payment (8 weeks prior to your arrival date). This
deposit will be refunded to the original form of payment within 2 weeks
of your departure from PatricksVilla, providing there has been no
reported damage or loss to the property or its contents and all keys
have been returned to either the property management or the lock box as
instructed. We reserve the right to retain the security deposit (either
in part or in full) to cover breakages/losses or damage to the property
or its contents as deemed necessary. Please
ensure to report any damages upon arrival to our management company.
Any breakages or losses not reported may be charged. If a key is
lost the costs of replacing all the house locks and keys will be
Does the villa have a phone
and do you offer free Internet access
your convenience we have got three wireless, digital phones in the house.
The base station is fitted with a digital answering machine.
Free phone calls to anywhere in the USA to Canada and to landlines to
the following countries
We also offer free wireless (WiFi), fast access,
Cable-Internet access. All connection details will be given to you
shortly before you arrive. Should you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to contact us.
Do you accept
smokers in the villa?
kindly ask you not to smoke inside the house. We have provided ashtrays
for use on the pool deck and are happy for you to smoke outdoors.
Do you allow pets in the
Sorry, but we do have a strict
NO PETS policy in our house.
Is the Pool heated?
can be electrically heated for an optional / nominal charge, however
this is generally not required between March and October.
Prices are: US$ 140 / £ 90 / € 130 per week
the Pool being cleaned?
course. The pool and all the filters are being cleaned and serviced
once a week by a professional pool cleaning company. They will make
sure that the hygiene standards are never compromised.
For your Comfort and Health we have installed the latest Pool
(Aqua Rite Electronic
Chlorine Generator )
Our Pool is good for you and the environment:
more chlorine smell, dry skin, or red eyes! The electronic system
uses approximately 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon of water. This
low level of salt is below the taste level for most people, but still
has all the beneficial effects of softening the water and helping to
prevent the dry skin and stinging eyes that you experience from other
Crystal clear pool
water! Water so clear and inviting, you will love to be swimming
The right amount
of chlorine is generated but without any nasty chlorine smell and
Water has an
unmistakable smooth, soft, silky feel
No more dry itchy
No more stinging
No more dry,
brittle hair problems
there shops, restaurants and other conveniences nearby?
nearby in fact. A large selection of stores are available just outside
the gated community of Southern Dunes and include a 24h Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie, McDonalds, Burger
King, KFC, Walgreen's, CVS, Dominos Pizza, Pizza Hut
etc. Please visit our shopping
information page and see a full list of shops
available near the villa as well as outstanding Shopping Malls
within 20 minutes driving distance.
easy is it to drive in Florida?
Floridian roads are not
congested, compared to major cities. Obviously for some countries, the
driver has to remember the cars are left hand drive.
In Florida, unless stated, you may turn right at a red traffic light
providing it is safe to do so and that you came to a full stop before
Headlights must be turned on during rain or reduced visibility.
You are required to 'Stop' if a school bus stops, even if you are on
the other side of the road. It is illegal to overtake a school
bus when it is stopped for loading or unloading of passengers.
You should remain stationary until all the children are clear of the
road and the bus moves off. When entering a school district watch
out for reduced speed signs and follow it.
You may be required to pay in advance before filling up your car at
most petrol stations.
If the police stop you for any reason you must stay in your vehicle
until the officer approaches your vehicle. Do not attempt to get
out of the car and leave your hands visible on the steering wheel. You
must have both your driving license and rental agreement with
you. Failure can result in a fine.
You must report any accidents to the local police. You must not
leave the scene of an accident. You must ask for a copy of the
report for your car rental company.
Never drink and drive. It is also illegal in the State of Florida
to carry alcohol in the passenger area of the car or to have an opened
container of alcohol in the vehicle. Always transport any alcoholic
beverages in the boot/trunk of your car
For more information on the Florida Highway Code please click on
is provided in the homes - what do I need to bring?
Our home is completely furnished and equipped with bed linen
and towels and there is a washer and dryer (including ironing and
ironing board) in the villa for you to attend to any laundry, should
you wish to do so.
All kitchen utensils including cups, plates,
glasses (including plastic versions for use outside by the pool),
cutlery, pots, pans and bakeware and of course a dishwasher.
There is also a hairdryer in each of the
bathrooms as well as an alarm-clock in each of the bedrooms.
In fact we have tried to include as much as
possible to make your stay as enjoyable as possible - your home away from
home. The house will have a basic supply of guest soap and toilet
paper on your arrival.
Please click here to see a full description of what is
available in PatricksVilla.
the Villa far from the main Orlando attractions?
PatricksVilla is situated on the US-27, about 20 minutes from the
Disney theme parks and alo about 20 minutes from International Drive,
Universal Studios and SeaWorld, depending on the traffic and there are
several routes to choose from.
Please see our location
page to find out where PatricksVilla
as well as our attractions
page for a full list of the main area
Another useful tool is
Please enter "Southern Dunes, 33844" in the searchbox.
How do I get the
keys for the Villa?
Once the booking has been
confirmed and the full balance has been paid we will send you
instructions on how to get the keys and directions to the villa from
your arrival airport. The key will be deposited in a lockbox next to
the door on the day of your arrival. As we change the combination of
the box after each guest has departed we will let you know YOUR
combination a few days before your arrival.
You can use the same code to operate the electrical garage door.
Should you require to code earlier than a few days in advance, please
let us know.
How safe will our
A concern some guests have is "how
safe will our money be when we are sending it to someone we have never
met". Rest assured, we are very
trustworthy people who are approachable and reliable. Think of it this way: "We
trust you with our
dream home - and we may never have met".
Should you require proof of ownership of the villa, we will gladly
provide you with that.
The booking email or booking
must be completed by the party leader (hereafter called the Guest(s))
who must be over 18 years of age. The payment of the 20% booking
deposit shall be deemed to constitute the acceptance of the Booking and
Payment Procedure plus Terms & Conditions by the Guest and shall be
a warranty by the person so signing that they have the authority to act
on behalf of the persons named on the booking email including any
substitutions or additions by any subsequent agreed amendments to the
The procedures and conditions will still apply even if
for any reason the booking email has not been completed by the client,
e.g. in the case of a late booking requested by telephone which
necessitates immediate commitment.
The booking is not accepted until the appropriate
deposit has been received and the Acknowledgement/Receipt has been
issued. If the booking is not accepted for any reason the deposit will
be refunded in full. Amendments to, or cancellation of a booking by the
guest will be subject to the provisions of sections 6 and 8 of these
terms and conditions.
The accommodation cannot be shared, assigned or sublet
and only the persons shown on the booking form are permitted to stay in
the property. Persons/children under the age of 18 years are not
acceptable unless accompanied by parents or an adult. Pets are NOT
Should the property be accommodated by more guests than advised during
the booking, an additional charge may apply.
Deposits and Payments are to be made in accordance with the
Booking & Payment Procedure. Failure to comply with the payment
procedure will be deemed to be a cancellation by the guest and will be
subject to the cancellation charges as detailed in Section 8.
3. THE RENTAL PERIOD
The villa is available for occupation from 16.00h (local
time) on the day of arrival, until 10.00h (local time) on the day of
departure. Vacating after 10.00h has to be agreed by the owners and may
incur charges equivalent to one day's accommodation cost.
The villa rental charges and
included are as detailed under "Rates" and "The Villa". The
interior of the villa is subject to change and is not guaranteed at the
time of booking.
The rental price for the villa is fully guaranteed when the
deposit has been paid and the acknowledgement / receipt has been issued.
The effective date of any amendment is the date on which
details of the proposed amendment are received in writing. Whenever
possible, any amendment to the booking requested after the booking has
been confirmed, will be accommodated. Dependant on the nature of the
amendment additional costs may be incurred.
7. THE SECURITY DEPOSIT
A refundable security deposit of US$ 500.00 /
must be paid at the time of final payment (8 weeks prior to your
arrival date). This deposit will be refunded to the original form of
payment within 2 weeks of your departure from PatricksVilla, providing
there has been nor reported damage of loss to the property of its
contents and all keys have been returned as instructed.
We reserve the right to
retain the security deposit (either in part or
in full) to cover breakages/losses or damage to the property or its
contents as deemed necessary. Please ensure to report any
damages upon arrival to the
owners of PatricksVilla. Any breakages or losses not reported may be
charged. If a key is lost the costs of replacing all the house locks
and keys will be charged.
The Guest is solely responsible for any damages or breakage's that may
be caused to the property or to its contents and also for any loss of
items in the inventory during their stay.
The villa is inspected both before and at the end of each occupation.
Charges for damages / losses or any maintenance / repairs to the Villa,
equipment, amenities or fixtures necessitated by misuse will be at the
discretion of PatricksVilla and will be charged to your account. In the
event of any damage / loss, the Guest will be held responsible for full
reimbursement of the outstanding amount within fourteen days of notice
of such costs. It is important that the property be left reasonably
clean and tidy at the end of the rental period.
8. CANCELLATION BY
Any cancellation by the Guest must be notified in writing
directly to PatricksVilla. Cancellation by telephone will not be
accepted. In the event of cancellation by the client, the following
charges will apply :-
of your total balance
of you total balance
of your total balance
Note! All Guests are strongly advised to have
adequate travel / holiday / medical insurance in force for all members
of the party and for the entire period of rental. PatricksVilla will
NOT under any circumstances enter into negotiations relating to
compensation for any payment of excess on Guest's insurance policies
relating to any claim made by Guests against such policies how so ever
they may occur. (Travel insurance may cover the cost of cancellation
for reasons beyond your control).
9. CANCELLATION by Owner
In the unlikely event that circumstances beyond our control,
necessitate cancellation of the booking, we will refund any monies paid
by the party leader (without interest, compensation or consequential
loss of any kind).
10. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Guests are personally responsible for the provision of
international travel / health documentation. Cancellation caused by
Guests due to incorrect documentation will be charged the relevant
11. FORCE MAJEURE
The owners of
PatricksVilla accept no responsibility whatsoever and no compensation
or any other payment will be made if any cancellation or change to the
terms of the booking becomes necessary due to war or threat of war,
riots, civil commotion, terrorist activities, industrial disputes,
natural and nuclear disasters, fire, flood, adverse weather conditions,
building or construction in progress within the community, technical
problems with transportation, closure or congestion of airports,
alterations or cancellation of schedules by carriers, or any other
events beyond our control.
In the unlikely event a problem should arise whilst on
holiday relating to the Villa, the Guest should immediately contact the
owners of PatricksVilla (details either on the website or the "Welcome
Book", which is to be found in the Villa). We will seek to resolve
13. WEBSITE DESCRIPTION
Whilst all information supplied on this website is deemed to
be correct and to the best of our knowledge, it is understood that the
information supplied is for guidance purposes only and does not form
part of any contract.
14. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Although every effort is made to ensure that the villa is in
perfect condition, and as described in the literature supplied. It is a
condition of acceptance of the Terms & Conditions that the Guest
understands this information is as supplied at the time of writing and
is subject to change without notice. It should be pointed out that as
many communities still have ongoing building & construction work in
progress, over which we have no control whatsoever, PatricksVilla and
their representatives accept no responsibility whatsoever and no
compensation or any other payment will be made to any Guest in respect
of any disturbance, annoyance, inconvenience or any other problems that
may be caused or created by or in response to any such building or
construction work being carried out within the community. Guests
specifically requiring information regarding building or construction
work affecting the Villa should request this information before booking.
The Owners of PatricksVilla do not accept
responsibility for third party claims, accidents, damage to, or loss of
property, or for any expenses incurred for any reason, including
changes caused by Force Majeure, regardless of howsoever they may have
occurred, nor can liability be accepted for injury or death as a result
of the use of the pool or any other item in the villa, howsoever
caused. Guests are specifically advised not to allow unsupervised
children to use the pool and/or the villa. GLASS is not permitted
in the pool area.
15. POOL HEATING
Due to the nature of the prevailing weather systems in the
sub-tropical climate of Florida, PatricksVilla cannot guarantee the
water temperature in the swimming pool. The pool heater is set and
locked to standard water temperatures. The heater is set to operate at
set standard hours during the day, this is to ensure that guests paying
for the heating service get the optimum benefit from the heating at
normal times, and that we comply with the operating requirements of the
system as laid down by the manufactures. The actual water temperature
will vary with the ambient temperature, time of use and prevailing
weather conditions. PatricksVilla will NOT enter into any discussions
concerning complaints regarding pool temperatures, therefore Guests
booking pool heating do so at their own risk.
16. NON-SMOKING POLICY
It is the standard policy of PatricksVilla that the property
is deemed as Non-Smoking. Therefore All Guests are required not to
smoke whilst in the villa. Smoking is permitted in the pool deck area,
and ash trays are provided for this purpose. Any extra cleaning or
damage, howsoever caused through the Guest not abiding by this
Non-Smoking Policy, will be dealt with by the deduction of such costs
as required by PatricksVilla from the Guest's security deposit,
according to the Security Deposit Procedure (see item 7 THE SECURITY
17. GUEST RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of each and every Guest to read and
understand the PatricksVilla Welcome Book and the guidelines provided
in the Villa, and to ensure that all the Villa and communal rules are
adhered to. The party leader is responsible for the actions of all the
Guests in their party. Failure to abide by any of these rules could
result in deductions being applied to your Security Deposit. The Villa
will be professionally cleaned prior to Guest arrival and again after
the Guest departure but it remains the responsibility of the Guest to
ensure the Villa is left in an orderly state. Kitchen utensils should
be cleaned before leaving. We will charge for any extra cleaning and
this will be deducted for the Guest Security Deposit.
18. PATRICKSVILLA RESPONSIBILITIES
It is a requirement of booking that the Guest understands
PatricksVilla responsibility is to ensure that the villa is available
for the Guest and Party for the times the Guest has requested and that
it has been prepared in readiness for the Guests arrival. In the
unlikely event of there being a problem with the Villa, it's contents,
running or operation, including any community problems, the Guest MUST
contact the Management Company in Florida, (details will be supplied
prior to arrival). The Management Company are the only people able to
resolve any problems regarding the Villa during the rental period. Any
and all problems must be reported to the Management Company including
damage or breakage's caused by Guests. PatricksVilla will not enter
into any discussion relating to problems that have not previously been
reported to the Management Company in Florida.