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The best vacation rental

Guest: Bruce Nelson (Orlando/Florida)

Date of Stay: April 16, 2010 Review Submitted: May 17, 2010

We loved this home and highly recommend this property and owner, the ease of doing business was great and I would have bought this house we liked it so much. The property is in a great location and short distance to anywhere. We. Loved the pool and master suite was great and the gourment kitchen was to die for. We stayed 10 nights and loved it.

A beautiful Quality house

Guest: John and Dee Francis (England)

Date of Stay: October 19, 2010 Review Submitted: January 18, 2011

We have stayed at a number of properties in the Ft Lauderdale area and this one tops them all. If you want the perfect high quality place to stay this should be your first choice. Everything is as shown in the photographs and when we had friends who live in the area visit they were all very impressed with the overall quality and presentation of Secret Garden. The only point worth noting is if you are a sun worshipper and prefer to spend your time around the fantastic pool the amount of time in full sun is limited by all the magnificent shrubs and trees in and around the property. We stayed five weeks and it felt like our own home, perfect.

Another Fabulous Vacation Rental Experience

Guest: Noel Lockett (Atlanta)

Date of Stay: November 24, 2010 Review Submitted: January 14, 2011

Our family has rented several properties from VRBO - all great experiences - and Secret Garden did not disappoint. The location was ideal (only minutes from everything), the home provided a perfectly private setting and the amenities (appliances, beach supplies, interior design, etc.) were top notch (as displayed in the pictures). We would not hesitate to recommend Secret Garden to any family or group in search of a comfortable, relaxing setting in South Florida. Thanks Melanie for your flexibility and patience!

An Amazing Vacation!

Guest: Vincent-Alexandre

Date of Stay: August 1, 2011 Review Submitted: September 21, 2011

We rented the house on 5th avenue last summer for one week in august. We had a great time! Everybody had their privacy because of the 3 bathrooms, the pool and the patio was up to our expectations. Sometimes you see pictures of houses you want to rent and there is a world of difference with what you see and what you get, not with these guys! It's about 5 km from the beach. They suggested a quiet beach without the crowds of the more 'touristy' locations and it was spectacular! The grocery store is half way to the beach so if you want to grab something for the beach or on your way home it is very simple! All in all, we had a great stay; easy accessibility, nice spacious layout and super clean. We were pleasantly surprised of all the things that was in the house! The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could need, even more than my own. Congrats for what you have done with these houses the name of your site describes very well what it is! I will definitely come back!

Absolutely Gorgeous and Comfortable!!!

Guest: Christopher Boccard (Queens, NY)

Date of Stay: October 5, 2011 Review Submitted: October 13, 2011

Where do I begin! We are frequent visitors to Fort Lauderdale (2/3 times a year). We've stayed at quite a few resorts, Namely Westin Dimplomat, M Resort, Trump Sonesta, and a 2Bdrm house in Wilton manors, just to name a few. Now that we travel with more friends we needed a larger space, and boy did we make a great decision by renting this beautiful house for a week. We wanted space, we got space... from the living room to the bedrooms, there was ample closet space, 3 FULL bathrooms! so privacy is not an issue if staying with other couples or teenagers. Fully equipped and spacious kitchen, washer and dryer, it's like home! Which is exactly how we felt. The pool area is breathtaking, and extremely private, fenced all around and beautifully landscaped trees, it's like your own private resort. I believe they treat the yard as there were no lizards, frogs or other insects so commonly seen in Florida back yards, a big plus for us. The owner is very easy to work with and responds to any concerns immediately. Pros: Save on parking as there is a private driveway, so much more convenient than dealing with a parking garage. Extremely clean, and exactly as described. The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the property :) Full kitchen, with shops and grocery stores located 2 blocks away. Get away from the hustle and bustle of hotels and lobbies... Completely private! Location - 2 Blocks away are major shopping stores and nice restaurants, lots to do a short walk away. Quiet and safe neighborhood with friendly folks exercising and walking their dogs thru out the day. Less than a 5min drive to the beach, and trendy Las Olas blvd with Bars and Restaurants. Cons: NONE I highly recommend for anyone looking for a relaxing, luxurious and comfortable vacation property. Thanks for a wonderful and memorable stay!

Wonderful Property Away From Home!

Guest: (West Chicago, IL)

Date of Stay: November 18, 2011 Review Submitted: December 8, 2011

This is a great vacation home with a very nice pool and a lot of different trees around. Beautiful, clean and large house. My friends and I spent more than a week here and absolutely loved it. It is very close to stores, restaurants, and beach. Great place to stay!!!

Beautiful and comfortable house!

Guest: Christopher Boccard (Recife, Brazil)

Date of Stay: December 16, 2011 Review Submitted: January 12, 2011

I stayed at the Secret Garden with my family, a party of six (with a baby). We had everything we needed! The house is excellent! Very beautiful, well equiped and comfortable. I have also to thank Melanie, for her attention and for answering promptly to anything I asked... The only thing is that a car is needed for staying there... In conclusion, we had a great time!

Beautiful and comfortable house!

Guest: Yvonne Moerman (Netherlands)

Date of Stay: December 22, 2011 Review Submitted: January 6, 2011

A good stay starts with good preparations. the information and online contact was excellent, to the point and made sure that we could find and enter the house after a long and tiring journey.the house is spacious and the location is excellent. beach, malls ,Wholefoods and Dunkin donut, you name it and you are there in a jiffy! the neighbourhood is very quiet and safe and you feel as if you actually live in your own house. we lacked nothing, could cook a wonderful Xmasdinner and even had our fondue!! the house was very clean, the beds made and we even discovered seats for the beach and an umbrella. there were towels for the beach and more than enough sheets to change the beds.our computers worked very well . we dined 3 times at the Ritz Carlton which we can recommend . the food is good and the portions are very normal.for Europeans the price is reasonable. the pool of the house is a real pool, you can have a good swim and sitting outside is a real pleasure , as long as the mosquito's didn't discover you!! on arrival we found that part of the electricity did not work which resulted in going to bed with a torch, for two of our guests'.but the torch was there and the electricity man came asap to help us out. so all in all a perfect holiday in a perfect surrounding and also perfect weather, despite the coldfront on the last 2 days but that was good for some shopping!

Dream Vacation

Guest: Chaya Z. (Chicago, Il.)

Date of Stay: January, 2012 Review Submitted: January 25, 2012

This was the most comfortable, beautiful house we have ever rented and we have been doing this for two decades! Luxury was everywhere and nothing was lacking. I wish I could get in touch with the person who designed this beauty to replicate it. NO joke!

Space For 9

Guest:

Date of Stay: January 19, 2012 Review Submitted: February 2, 2012

We all very much enjoyed our stay in this house. The house is very well equipped, clean and well maintained. It exceeded our expectations. We were all very comfortable and there was enough space for 9 of us. Really enjoyed the outside area and the heated pool. It is situated in the middle of urban Fort Lauderdale, in a pleasant neighbourhood. However, it is not as near to the beach or any shopping areas as we had believed. Essential to have a car!

Voyage Extraordinaire

Guest: Thien

Date of Stay: January 28, 2012 Review Submitted: February 8, 2012

Nous avons passé une superbe semaine et avons grandement apprecié la maison et la piscine. Tout était parfait et propre. Cela dépassait mes attentes. C'était notre première fois en Floride et nous comptons bien revenir! English Translation: We spent a wonderful week and have greatly appreciated the house and pool. Everything was perfect and clean. It exceeded my expectations. This was our first time in Florida and look forward to coming back!

First Time in Florida

Guest: T.H. Mac (Montréal, QC)

Date of Stay: January 29, 2012 Review Submitted: February 6, 2012

Bonjour,

Juste un petit mot pour vous remercier. Nous avons passé une superbe semaine et avons grandement apprecié la maison et la piscine. Tout était parfait et propre. Cela dépassait mes attentes. C'était notre première fois en Floride et nous comptons bien revenir!

Merci encore!

T.H. Mac

Very Satisfied

Guest: François (Montréal, QC)

Date of Stay: March, 2012 Review Submitted: April 6, 2012

Very pleasant stay. Everyting was perfect: pool, lodging, quietness of neighborhood, facilities, I recommend this house to all families.

Very Satisfied

Guest:

Date of Stay: March 24, 2012 Review Submitted: April 7, 2012

Very pleasnt stay Everything was perfect: pool, lodging, quietness of neighborhood, facilities. I recommend this hose to all families.

The Perfect Family Holiday

Guest: Michele L.. (New Jersey)

Date of Stay: April, 2012 Review Submitted: April 22, 2012

Melanie,

I think my Husband Jay and I were among your first renters last August and the house has only gotten better

My husband and I have family scattered all over the country and the VIP's (our moms) are in Florida; When we vote on a passover destination so we can all be together, Florida wins! with that said, we are about 20 for the Seder dinner and we have outgrown everybody's condo (and seder dinner at a restaurant.......no thanks); and even if we solve the "where to do seder" problem - we have the "where can we all hang out" problem as nobody's condo can accomodate all of us; you can't bbq by anyone's condo pool; and who wants to go out to dinner every night???

The Resort is the perfect solution; we stay with the "out of towners" at the house and the rest come and go as they please; the house is spacious enough for our Passover seder of 20 and for many evenings of bbq's, dinners, giggly sleepovers and late night swims! the house is so comfortable, it made our group feel cohesive - but not squished! there was room for all "residents" plus our "visitors" and everyone could come and go on their own timetable.

The pool is glorious and the outside "dining" area and many sitting areas are so charming; all told, there is probably seating for 25 outside between chairs, stools, couches, lounges etc.

and having a bathroom and laundry right off the pool.............priceless

The kitchen was so well appointed and the dining room and living room opened up onto each other so well that entertaining was (almost) a breeze;

Melanie, thanks for everything and you can be sure that we will be back next year.

Michele, Jay and Family

Excellent Boutique Home

Guest: Chad B. (Toronto, Canada)

Date of Stay: April, 2012 Review Submitted: April 24, 2012

This beautiful well appointed home, was perfect for our family with two young kids to relax and enjoy the Florida heat. Everything was exactly as promised and beyond the photos. Continently located close to the beach and malls in a quite tranquil residential area it's the perfect location to unplug with a heated pool that you'll want to spend hours in.

We'll Be Back

Guest:

Date of Stay: April 5, 2012 Review Submitted: April 22, 2012

Melanie, I think my Husband Jay and I were among your first renters last August and the house has only gotten better My husband and I have family scattered all over the country and the VIP's (our moms) are in Florida; When we vote on a passover destination so we can all be together, Florida wins! with that said, we are about 20 for the Seder dinner and we have outgrown everybody's condo (and seder dinner at a restaurant.......no thanks); and even if we solve the "where to do seder" problem - we have the "where can we all hang out" problem as nobody's condo can accomodate all of us; you can't bbq by anyone's condo pool; and who wants to go out to dinner every night??? The Resort is the perfect solution; we stay with the "out of towners" at the house and the rest come and go as they please; the house is spacious enough for our Passover seder of 20 and for many evenings of bbq's, dinners, giggly sleepovers and late night swims! the house is so comfortable, it made our group feel cohesive - but not squished! there was room for all "residents" plus our "visitors" and everyone could come and go on their own timetable. The pool is glorious and the outside "dining" area and many sitting areas are so charming; all told, there is probably seating for 25 outside between chairs, stools, couches, lounges etc. and having a bathroom and laundry right off the pool.............priceless! the kitchen was so well appointed and the dining room and living room opened up onto each other so well that entertaining was (almost) a breeze; Melanie, thanks for everything and you can be sure that we will be back next year. Michele, Jay and Family

Great Time In Florida

Guest: Lutz (Germany)

Date of Stay: June, 2012 Review Submitted: June 24, 2012

Me and my family had a great time in Florida - thanks to Melanie and her Secret Garden! The house was clean, quiet and perfectly located. Everything that was promised on the description was there. And it looked even better than on the photographs - that's definetely not standard. ;) We really just felt comfortable from the first day on. I think that's the most important thing. We had everything we needed in the house - like towels, soap or kitchen supplies. And even if there was a problem (e.g. the grill was a little old and the last guests left it quite dirty), Melanie solved it right away (e.g. we got a new grill the next day). She also was real quick about answering every question/request that came to my mind - before, during and after our stay.

The only thing that I can complain about is the fact that we had to leave. I would definetely come back to this house on a future vacation. And I would most certainly recommend this property to every single one of my friends - should they ever go near that area. :) I guess the only thing left to say is: Thank you very much for all your attention and your great service, Melanie! It was a pleasure!

Till next time ...

Coming Home

Guest:

Date of Stay: July, 2012 Review Submitted: August 3, 2012

To organize vacation and find a suitable accommodation for a family like ours ( kids 18, 16, 12 and 2 ) is an interesting task. Well, this time we got it perfectly right. We loved this house: the interior design, especially this generous and open architecture of the kitchen! Very soon it felt like "coming home" after our various trips to Fort Lauderdale ( beach, restaurants, malls...), Miami and the Keys.

Family of 5

Guest:

Date of Stay: July 18, 2012 Review Submitted: August 5, 2012

Our family of five persons including our three teenagers stayed at The Resort for one week in July, 2012. I found the vacation house on Internet. The description of the property proved to be very truthful. The house is big with space more than enough for five persons, including a fully equipped kitchen (with a little too loud dishwasher that, however, Melanie promised to have a look at), a washing machine and a tumble drier, three beedrooms and three bathrooms etc., etc. The garden and the pool were very usable, so we invited our friends for a barbecue party one night. The neighbourhood is quiet and tranquil. The shops you´ll find at a few kilometers distance so you´ll need a car (we bought our food at Publix 10 min away). By car it´s also easy to reach the beach and the downtown areas of Fort Lauderdale. To Sawgrass Mills you´ll drive in 20-30 minutes, just drive Oakland Park Boulevard to the west :). And with Melanie communication via e-mail was easy and reliable. I can recommend this property to everyone who wants a pleasant, comfortable stay in Ft Lauderdale.

Tops Them All

Guest: John (England)

Date of Stay: Review Submitted:

We have stayed at a number of properties in the Ft Lauderdale area and this one tops them all. If you want the perfect high quality place to stay this should be your first choice. Everything is as shown in the photographs and when we had friends who live in the area visit they were all very impressed with the overall quality and presentation of Secret Garden. The only point worth noting is if you are a sun worshipper and prefer to spend your time around the fantastic pool the amount of time in full sun is limited by all the magnificent shrubs and trees in and around the property. We stayed five weeks and it felt like our own home, perfect.

Great Location

Guest: Damalia (Atlanta, GA)

Date of Stay: Review Submitted:

Our family has rented several properties - all great experiences - and Secret Garden did not disappoint. The location was ideal (only minutes from everything), the home provided a perfectly private setting and the amenities (appliances, beach supplies, interior design, etc.) were top notch (as displayed in the pictures). We would not hesitate to recommend Secret Garden to any family or group in search of a comfortable, relaxing setting in South Florida. Thanks Melanie for your flexibility and patience!

Kitchen To Die For

Guest: Bruce (Orlando, FL)

Date of Stay: Review Submitted:

We loved this home and highly recommend this property and owner, the ease of doing business was great and I would have bought this house we liked it so much. The property is in a great location and short distance to anywhere. We loved the pool and master suite was great and the gourment kitchen was to die for. We stayed 10 nights and loved it.

Inviting

Guest: Rosie (Brooklyn, NY)

Date of Stay: Review Submitted:

Our stay at the Secret Garden was amazing! It was truly everything that was promised. The rooms are beautiful, clean and inviting. The house has a personality of its own. Very beautifuly decorated, the atmosphere is truly inviting! The property was clean, and well maintained. The owner provided great customer service! The pool was just great!! I highly recommend this property! This was one of the best vacations I have had in a long time! Looking forward to going again!!

A lovely getaway!

Guest: Kathryn Howard

Date of Stay: September, 2012 Review Submitted: October, 2012

This is well appointed home and is GREAT for a family group. The owners really provided a lot of things that make this convenient for families with young children. It has an open floor plan with a large kitchen and table that seats 8+ - a high chair is provided as well as a pack and play, and even beach toys. There are also three bathrooms so that everyone has their privacy. This home is located in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, not far from the water but more easy to access 95 from than a beachfront rental, so traveling up and down the coast was easy. The owners are very helpful and responsive, and the place was immaculately clean. We are looking forward to our next visit and will try another of Jonathan and Melanie's properties for sure!

I'll be coming back

Guest: Faisal Mane

Date of Stay: October, 2012 Review Submitted: October, 2012

Before i start with my review, i would like to thank Melanie & Jonathan for thier cooperation & quick response at any given time. Also i would suggest to all trvellers to deal with them as they will make your trip very easy & memorable at the same time. As for the house, i think the picture doesn't speak fairly about the house. It is very beautifull and clean, the kitchen was very tempting for us to cook home meal. Also the outside sitting area is magnificent which has a grill next to it & overlooks the pool with its amazing tropical plants. Again thank you for making this lovely trip

Our first time in Fort Lauderdale was amazing!

Guest: Jelena Vukasinovic

Date of Stay: June 22nd - June 29th, 2013 Review Submitted: June, 2013

Thank you so much for everything! You guys thought of every detail. Please let me know where you would like me to write a review. We were so happy with the kitchen and felt we had everything we needed to make wholesome meals for our son. We loved being close to whole foods...loved having the BBQ and all of the restaurants within 15 min driving. We went to market 17 and coconuts. Also Loved the crossaints from rendezvous bakery. And not to mention las olas beach! Our first time in Fort Lauderdale was amazing!

We plan to run the the towels through wash and dry tomorrow morning (will leave them in the dryer). Please note, left some food in the fridge because we did not want it to sit in the garbage to smell. Key will be in the lockbox.

Thanks again and hope to bring our extended family back to stay in one of your larger properties. ! :)))

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