Hey! Where’s my Security Deposit Refund?

Hey! Where’s my Security Deposit Refund?

Hi Robert. I’m just wondering when my security deposit will be refunded. I haven’t seen it on my credit card statement… Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, you are sort of catching us in the midst of some long-term policy changes and the process of updating our information for guests, so

Disney’s dirty secret!

Disney’s dirty secret!

Keeping Disney in Perspective… When thinking about all things Disney, including a Walt Disney World Vacation, it’s important to keep in mind what the Disney Magic runs on! It’s kind of Disney’s dirty secret! And no, it’s not imagination, although there is certainly plenty of that employed in the Disney

Visiting Disney World? Many families (and especially Travel Writers) are doing it wrong!

Visiting Disney World? Many families (and especially Travel Writers) are doing it wrong!

Travelling to experience Walt Disney World in Florida? Families (and especially Travel Writers) are doing it all wrong! I understand that many travel writers get free stays and other perks to come to Walt Disney World and write about a trip to the theme park capital of the world. But

AAA or Military Discounts – Why we don’t offer them

AAA or Military Discounts – Why we don’t offer them

Do you provide AAA discounts or anything like that? What is the best price we can get? Our two vacation homes are privately owned, and self-managed. We don’t provide AAA or ‘military’ discounts because we give everyone the best price that we can. For a hotel to be able to

Differences in Rates Explained

Differences in Rates Explained

I’m trying to decide between your properties, and it appears that they rent for similar rates, but my quotes show a big discrepancy for the same dates at different homes. I thought one was bigger and nicer than the other? Why the difference in price? While what you say is

BBQ Rentals at Breezy Oak Villas

BBQ Rentals at Breezy Oak Villas

Rob, why do you charge to rent a BBQ? We often see them included for free at vacation rentals! Thanks for your question. I’m happy to share with you details of exactly what we provide and why we charge for it. This is an update of an article written years

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #8

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #8

Tip #8 The biggest way to save on a Disney World trip is how, where and what you eat! The simplest way to do this is to avoid all of the tourist traps for food… like food in the parks and the hundreds of restaurants in the area, and to

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #7

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #7

Tip #7 Take a Rain Poncho! Take folded rain ponchos with you to the theme parks. In the summer, you will need them for the frequent but short downpours which happen every day in Central Florida. In the winter, you can use them to keep from getting drenched on many

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #6

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #6

Tip #6 Save your Feet! This one is simple. Disney World is not the place to be fashionable! Wear good quality, well broken-in running shoes for a day in the theme parks. You will be walking, on average, at least five miles. Bring two pairs from home. You may very

Is the villa close to the Orlando airport?

Is the villa close to the Orlando airport?

I received an inquiry, from someone asking if the villas are ‘close’ to the Orlando airport. This is one of those situations where the correct answer is “it depends”. Whether or not you consider the villa to be close to the Orlando airport depends upon how you define ‘close’ and

Tips for spotting good (& bad) properties on Vacation Rental listing sites

Tips for spotting good (& bad) properties on Vacation Rental listing sites

How to find a Great Vacation Rental in the Orlando Area When looking for a vacation rental property on an online vacation rental listing site, the number of choices can be dizzying and confusing. How do you know which is a good property and which isn’t? Most operators in Orlando

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #5

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #5

Tip #5 WalMart for Souvenirs! Almost all of the unique theme park merchandise and souvenirs are available at The World of Disney Store talked about in tip #4 and there are some really terrific offerings, but like all things Disney, they are pricey. If you want to save on Disney branded

Do we Accept Foreign Currencies in Payment for the Villas?

Do we Accept Foreign Currencies in Payment for the Villas?

We occasionally get asked about accepting payment in Canadian Dollars or Great Britain Pounds. All of our transactions are conducted in US$ funds. It really makes no sense for us to accept anything else, as all of our villa expenses and operating costs are of course paid in US dollars.

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #4

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #4

Tip #4 Don’t Waste Theme Park Time Shopping! Don’t waste expensive theme park time shopping for stuff in stores inside the park (food that you’ll consume immediately, and a few unique demonstration stores are another matter). While this is very tempting, practically everything sold in the parks is available at

How soon in advance should I book my Florida Vacation Rental?

As you think about your Florida trip, you may be wondering ‘How soon in advance should I book my villa?’ This really depends upon what season during the year you are planning to come and stay with us. We use information from Disney in reviewing and planning our rate seasons

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #3

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #3

Tip #3 Take food with you to Disney Parks! Disney allows outside food into the parks in soft-shell containers (not coolers). Freeze plastic water bottles the night before (the soft sided collapsible ones work great because they take less space as they empty), and take snacks (and even lunch), like

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #2

My Best Tips and Tricks as a Disney Expert #2

Tip #2 Don’t leave the parks mid-day!! Ignore the advice of the vast majority of travel writers who write about a trip to Disney World using information fed to them by Disney, especially when they recommend leaving the parks mid-day to go back to your hotel for a nap or

TV Streaming at the Villas

TV Streaming at the Villas

To our beloved guests! In the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic Our Cable Television Provider declared Bankruptcy!! And what this meant for us and guests of our Florida properties, is NO TV cable service as of July 2020. Welcome to the Digital Age! We are completing our transition to Streaming

Our Smoking Policy

Our Smoking Policy

We ask those guests who simply must smoke to please do so off the villa property. Here’s why… We have a pretty strict non-smoking policy, and we are aware that it presents a challenge for some guests. We get asked questions about it periodically, so here are some details of

The Plum Guide – How would THEY rank? – Part 3

The Plum Guide – How would THEY rank? – Part 3

If you’re not familiar with Plum Guide, before you devour this information, please go back to the beginning and read the article that is the first part of this series. In the first article of this series, we took a look at the Plum Guide and introduced the concept. In

The Plum Guide – How would we rank? – Part 2

The Plum Guide – How would we rank? – Part 2

If you’re not familiar with Plum Guide*, before you devour this information, please go back to the beginning and read the article that is the first part of this series. Before we get into things in detail, know that the Plum Guide is very AirBnB centric; some of their expectations

The Plum Guide – Would we Pass the Test? – Part 1

The Plum Guide – Would we Pass the Test? – Part 1

The Plum Guide* is a London, England based curated website of vacation rental homes. It’s produced by a company which personally evaluates homes using a 150-point test criteria, and then presents them on their own listing site. Their purpose is to do an ‘honest’ assessment of vacation rental homes (reviews

Orlando Vacation Rentals – Why are prices so low?

Orlando Vacation Rentals – Why are prices so low?

The Orlando Vacation Rental Market is highly competitive, and prices have been stagnant for well over a decade. In fact, prices have not changed much since we first stayed in a vacation rental in Orlando back in 2003! When compared to just about everywhere else in the U.S. and around the

It’s Breezy Oak, NOT Breezy OakS :)

It’s Breezy Oak, NOT Breezy OakS :)

How we got our name… When we purchased our first Florida villa, we of course needed to come up with a name for it, and we did: Breezy Oak Villa. There are a number of reasons why we chose that particular name, many which I can’t share with you here;

Why we Use Our Own Booking Form for Indirect Bookings

Why we Use Our Own Booking Form for Indirect Bookings

Thank you for choosing to book our property and stay with us. As our guest, you and your booking are very important to us, and we want to provide you with the best in service and accommodations. In order to book our property, you must complete our own booking form

The Best Surprise

The Best Surprise

When it comes to booking a vacation rental, and the charges and fees you pay, the best surprise you can get with your rental is this: No Surprises! We do have some extra charges for optional items that our guests may choose to add to their booking. We realize that

Vacation Rental Fees and Add-ons Beyond the Nightly Rates

Vacation Rental Fees and Add-ons Beyond the Nightly Rates

Hi Robert. My husband and I are both retired and are planning a trip in the hopes that at sometime during the four week stay some of our children can visit for short intervals. That’s why we are looking for a house this size. Some of the websites advertise a

A Vacation Rental is Not a Hotel

A Vacation Rental is Not a Hotel

One of the great things about vacation rentals is that they’re all different. And a vacation rental is not a hotel. What this means is that vacation rental guests need to keep their expectations flexible.It’s the best way to avoid disappointment with a vacation rental stay. Guests should always expect

Why are there less reviews for the villas each year?

After a decade of renting out our properties, we just don’t get as many reviews as we used to. It doesn’t mean we are off our game. In fact, we keep improving the properties and our service all the time! I would love to get more reviews, but it keeps

What… no blanket?

What… no blanket?

A few years ago, during the winter months we would place out for our guest’s use a large floating pool blanket to cover the pool water at night. The blanket would float on the surface and reduce the temperature drop in the pool water over night. We no longer use