If the one thing you can learn from reading my lodging recommendations is: (whenever possible) stay in an a vacation rental.
Sure hotels are fun. They have their purpose:
- If you go for the resort experience
- If there aren’t any vacation rentals in the area
When traveling with kids vacation rentals will literally save your trip.
Hotels are usually one room, unless you get connecting rooms. But you still lack the living and hanging out space that makes all the difference. And once in a while it can be fun to have a meal at home without getting all decked out and leaving the comfort of sofas and TV.
Finding Vacation Rentals in Florida – Golf Resorts are Great Options
While visiting Florida’s Nature Coast there is a lot of downtime. The majority of activities are only half day so being cooped up in a one room hotel will drive anyone mad. Especially when you have two (extremely) energetic boys.
Inverness, Florida came on my radar because it was close to all the major activities we wanted to do in these areas:
Doing a thorough search I found Van der Valk Golf Resort Inverness. They offer all sorts of vacation villas and condominiums that would work for all size families and parties. Plus, with the price of the house or condo you get a ton of amenities including the use of nine golf courses (which is totally unheard of).
What I mainly wanted was to have a living room, dining room and a private pool. We would have almost two full days of downtime while staying here and I really wanted to have plenty of activities of my kids to do while we chilled out.
When we finally pulled up to our four bedroom house at The Inverness Golf Resort it reminded me of the neighborhood I grew up in. Making me feel totally at home instantly.
Tour of Our House for the Next Three Days
This was by far the most spacious vacation rental we have ever had. Normally we stay in two bedroom houses or villas. But to have a private pool we went completely all out and had a four bedroom house. And I loved it.
The Kitchen – rare photo of me cooking but that’s how domestic I felt being there.
The Dining Room and Kitchen
Living Room and TV – We spent way too much time lounging out here
With a private pool you also get a huge outdoor, enclosed patio
Now the Bedrooms. We had four, so it was a big deal for my oldest to pick the one he wanted to sleep in.
The Flower Room – I don’t think so!
The Master Bedroom – this wasn’t an option. I definitely deserved the best room which had a huge bathroom and walk in closet which was big enough for a bed of its own.
We finally went with the cozy ‘Red’ room (one of my son’s favorite colors).
When we arrived we had a welcome package waiting for us. Normally everyone who arrives gets this package if they are staying seven days or more for free, we received it too. You can ask for anything in advance to be waiting for you when you arrive so you don’t have to worry about necessities when you arrive.
There was also more in the fridge.
And of course the not-so-sexy but oh-so crucial part of the house – the laundry and drier machines!
Features, Benefits and Amenities that You Receive Staying on the Golf Resort
1. Golf courses galore. When you rent a house or condo you literally get access to NINE different, world class golf courses and entrances to their country clubs. No one offers such a deal. We may not be golfers, but we love staying at Golf Resorts because they usually have gorgeous properties, wildlife and open spaces. And everywhere they charge an arm and a leg, even if you stay with them, for the use of the courses.
2. Country Club entrances (if you don’t play golf) where you can swim indoors or outdoors in olympic size pools. And also spas and gyms.
3. Free canoe rentals
4. Views that are true serenity
5. Access to a farm right on the property. Plus, equestrian lessons or horse tours.
Information for Visiting The Inverness Golf Resort
Phone: (352) 637 1140
Address: 4555 E. Windmill Drive, Inverness Florida 34453
Villas and Rates
Comfort Villa $204 – $218
It has 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a spacious living room and open kitchen and can accommodate 2 – 8 guests.
Golf View Villa $218 – $229
It has 3, or 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a spacious living room and open kitchen. The villas can accommodate 2 – 8 guests.
Executive Villa $250 – $286
It has 3, or 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a spacious living room and open kitchen. The villas can accommodate 2 – 8 guests.
Condo $204 – $200
It has 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a spacious living room and open kitchen and can accommodate 2 – 6 guests.
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What They Offer
Guests of Van der Valk Golf Resort are offered an exclusive Golf, Sport & Wellness package.
This package consists free green fees on 9 local golf courses. 6 tennis courts, 2 private fitness centers, an indoor and outdoor pool, private spa & Wellness center, and a social activity program.
3 “Members Only” restaurants
2 heated swimming pools
2 Raquet ball indoor courses
Beauty treatments, Massages, Manicure, Pedicure(not free)