Comfy Beds, Three Bedrooms, One Bath, Peacefull Country Living in the City
About Bill Watford
About Bill Watford I am a native Floridian. There are a lot of nice cities in Florida and my two favorite small towns are Deland on the east side of the state and Cedar Key due west on the Gulf of Mexico. I started buying houses to rent as an investment while I had a full time day job, my first in 1985 and I still own it - the Cedar House of Deland. My full time job today is managing the vacation rentals and short stay properties that I own. I have several in Deland: The Units of the Deland Marigold, Grandma's Place, and The Cedar House. I also have two in Cedar Key: The TreeHouse and Goose Cove Cottage. I enjoy what I do and am passionate about seeing that my guests have a great experience while staying in one of my properties.
Bill Watford purchased this House in 1985
Why Bill Watford chose DeLand
This property is located only 10 blocks from the center of Deland, an historic town with a rich culture going back to the Mid 1800’s. It has been voted the Best Small Town in America several times. This property’s location is a block from the city tennis courts and Earl Brown park with a lake with lots of ducks. This is also the location for the annual arts and craft fair and the skate park. If you are here for a Stetson football or baseball game, you can walk to the game.
What makes this House unique
Two acres that seem to be in the country although you close to downtown and all of the activities there. With three super nice bedrooms, you have room for your whole family. The front porch is an awesome place to relax in the beautiful Florida weather. The owners, Bill & Erin really thought through what would make guests feel at home and designed this place around that.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Only registered guests are allowed in unit.
No Somkeing Indoors
One small pet approved others considered
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Allowing an unregistered guest to stay will be a violation which can result in instant termination of this agreement without refund.
Please do your dishes and leave the beds unmade.
Please do not order free trials of channels or apps on TV.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Thank you for allowing us to stay in your home. We had a pleasant experience, just as before.
Thank you Kimberly, glad to have you with us again.
Would have liked to have stayed longer
This is a cute house that's very close to a large park with lots of amenities (tennis courts, playground, skateboard park, paved walking path, duck ponds, etc.). The house is within a decent walking distance of downtown Deland which has lots of local restaurants and shops. The house could use another bathroom but there is lots of space for everyone. It was much better than staying in a hotel.
Thank you, we actually investigated putting in a second bath but it was not at all practical so we put in the extra vanity in the existing bath.
The house was very clean and organized inside. A short ride to main street Deland. The boat ramp is 15min away. The property is large enough to accommodate a midsize power boat. There are plenty of grocery stores nearby. Would definitely stay again.
Awesome another boater to enjoy our great waterways! I hope you caught fish for dinner. The brand new local market is right up the street past the beautiful Earl Brown Park with its playgrounds, skate park and many festivals. Deland is a great weekend getaway from the big city when you just want to get back to nature or out on the water. With an award winning "downtown" you can still enjoy great restaurants and local shops.
Great place for a family vacation
The house and property was great. It's in the middle of town, but secluded. The large privacy fenced back yard was great. We'll definitely stay here again.
I hope you got to see the 4th of July party nearby at the Earl Brown Park with all the festivities, food trucks and fireworks. Cedar House is truly near everything but sitting on 3 + acres half of which is forested it does seem in the country. We put up that fence because we want our guests to be able to bring their four legged family members too. And it does let you enjoy the privacy outside.
I read all the reviews which were positive. Our stay was not a good experience. The worst part was the filthy floors. We kept our dogs crated because they licked the floors and furniture. Dead lovebugs under all the window air conditioner. Stained bathroom rugs. Dark rooms burned out light bulbs. The only time I’ve ever felt the need to check for bed bugs. None were found thank goodness. When you travel with dogs it’s not easy to just leave and find a different place. Won’t use Home Away again this property was not as it was represented.
The condition of this large 3 bedroom house was spotlessly clean other than dead Love bugs near the bedroom's window A/C units. Not dismissing this guest's "ick" factor, a normal reaction is to think bugs must be everywhere when you see unfamiliar bugs in a pile on light tile floors. However, that is not the case here. We have quality professional Pest Control services and the cleaning person swept the floors the day prior to check in. The notorious Love Bug Season in Florida lasts about two weeks each spring and again in late summer. They are completely harmless to people but hard on vehicles and they will make there way through A/C units. I have a central heat pump system for the whole house but found times when guests want there sleeping quarters cooler for sleep so I provide A/C window units in bedrooms. And Florida can get very hot stressing central units. We want all guests to sleep at their ideal temperature.
We should have inspected the morning of the guest stay in lieu of the day before. The guest could have called my cleaning person who is 6 blocks away and would have happily swept up the Love bugs. The other two points were valid but minor. The bath rugs did have a white bleach line and there were two light bulbs out unfortunately in the same bedroom. Again we would have gladly replaced those light bulbs.
This is a great property in an excellent location. I own and manage 7 HomeAway/VRBO listings in Deland. This is my only job and I take it very seriously. It is unfortunate that Love bugs tarnished this guest's experience, especially when it could have been fixed so easily. If you have any issue at any point during a stay in one of my properties please call me and allow me a chance to correct it before leaving me a 2 star review.
We enjoyed our stay very much! Your house is beautiful. The fenced backyard was perfect for the boys to play in when we weren't out and about. Thank you!
Thank you we are glad you had a nice vacation at the Cedar House. We installed the fencing around the backyard to give a safe place for kids and their pets to play. I hope you were able to also walk down two blocks to the huge Earl Brown Park to play and enjoy our Florida weather.
Ideal Location: Enjoy the very best of both old and new Florida without living and sleeping in the crowds and noise. From visiting the famous Daytona Beach, kayaking in the St Johns River, taking a trip to Disney or Seaworld, swimming with the Manatees at Blue Springs or Ponce De Leon Springs, renting a House Boat at Hontoon, surfing at New Smryna, choosing between 3 nearby water parks, to strolling Historic Downtown Deland, each day can be a new adventure. Enjoy!