Overview of The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, Internet, linens
TV, DVD player, books, video library
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The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora

5.0/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in

Explore the area

    Popular LocationMount Dora Community Building9 min walk
    Popular LocationDonnelly Park10 min walk
    Popular LocationMount Dora Center for the Arts11 min walk
    AirportOrlando, FL (ORL-Orlando Executive)46 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 5
1200 sq ft
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
Bathtub/shower combo

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About this area

Mount Dora

Located in Mount Dora, this vacation home is in the city center. Renninger's Antique Center and Eustis Square are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Wekiwa Springs State Park and Donnelly Park. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Mount Dora Community Building - 9 min walk
  • Donnelly Park - 10 min walk
  • Mount Dora Center for the Arts - 11 min walk
  • Mount Dora History Museum - 11 min walk
  • Modernism Museum - 12 min walk

Getting around

  • AirportLeesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.) - 22 min drive


  • PizzAmore — 7 min walk
  • Jeremiah's — 9 min walk
  • Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill — 11 min walk
  • One Flight Up — 12 min walk
  • Lets Do — 12 min walk
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About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora

Family-friendly vacation home with water park and outdoor tennis court
Cozy Cottage with Heated Pool in Historic Downtown Mount Dora Enjoy all the comforts of home when you stay in this cozy 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom short term rental in Mount Dora. Built in 1926; The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage can comfortably accommodate 4 guests (more with available roll-away bed and mini crib) and is perfect for families or friends traveling together seeking a relaxing getaway. The adjacent Hibiscus Studio VRBO# 1182807; which sleeps up to 3, may also be booked to accommodate more guests. The common areas which include the pool and fire pit area are shared between the Cottage and the Studio. This property has a heated pool with screen enclosure, comfortable outdoor seating and a gas grill. The fenced back yard area has a paver patio with seating and fire pit. The cottage is conveniently located just 5 blocks from Donnelly Street and all that downtown Mount Dora has to offer. The options for your days in Central Florida are endless: antiquing, art and craft festivals, a boat tour on scenic Lake Dora, a Sea Plane ride, enjoying the numerous restaurants within walking distance, live music, biking on the local trails, golfing, tennis, picnics at the park and community theatres or if you decide to spend a day at the beach or one of the numerous Orlando Theme Parks you will return to a quiet, safe place to sleep with all the comforts of home! THE PROPERTY Master Bedroom: King Bed, on-suite bathroom | Bedroom 2: Queen Bed Relax in this historic cottage with 1,200 square feet of comfortable living space. Whether you're relaxing by the heated pool with a good book, sitting on the front porch sipping morning coffee, roasting marshmallows around the fire pit or cooking a delicious meal in the newly renovated kitchen, this cozy cottage will be a delightful home-away-from-home for you and your companions. This home features a comfortable living room with flat screen, smart TV/DVD/cable/internet, a bright and airy nook with desk for writing in your journal, and ceiling fans throughout. Wrap yourself up with a cozy blanket and watch your favorite movies with loved ones! Enjoy cooking a delicious meal in the kitchen and take a seat at the dining room table for good times with family. Equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, microwave, dishwasher and dual full pot or single serve coffee maker, this fully equipped kitchen is perfect for trying out new recipes or making a sandwich. Dining room table sits four but additional drop leaf table and 4 extra chairs are in the house for additional seating. Washer and dryer are available adjacent to the kitchen. At the end of your busy day, climb into the king-sized bed in the master bedroom for a good night's rest. Complete with an en-suite bath and walk-in closet, it is the perfect oasis to find extra privacy. This room features a beautiful panoramic canvas photo of the Dora Canal by Steve Vaughan, a renowned Winter Park photographer! Antique furniture and Tommy Bahama bedding set the mood for tranquil relaxation. The rest of the cottage offers 1 more bedroom, featuring a queen bed and walk-in closet. “The Gwen Room”, named after the first, lovely lady to stay there, boast a vintage, upcycled vibe with bedside tables made from old flooring and a headboard made from pecky cypress and an old screen door. Pecky cypress is a Florida treasure and reflects the old Florida charm this house strives to emulate! Refresh yourself after a day strolling Mount Dora in the 2nd bathroom with large tub and shower. The beds and bedding are brand new and chosen with your comfort in mind. In fact, the entire home is newly furnished to create a fresh, eclectic and clean feel! THE LOCATION The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage is located just blocks from Downtown Mount Dora, known for its extensive shopping, antiques and fine dining. Two complimentary bicycles are available if you prefer to ride around and explore the rich history of the area. Enjoy the sunset over Lake Dora, or be more adventurous with a tour through Florida's most beautiful mile, the Dora Canal! Seaplane rides are also available on Lake Dora, so consider an aeronautical adventure through the skies. There are many golf courses located in Lake County, including Mount Dora Golf Club. During your visit enjoy strolling through our many parks. Palm Island Park offers a nature boardwalk along Lake Dora and you can end your perfect day outdoors watching the sunset by the lighthouse at Grantham Point! Mount Dora is known for its many great restaurants, and offers a variety of cuisine including American, Italian, German, French, and Cuban. Something for everyone’s taste preferences. To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit one of the many bakeries and ice cream shops downtown. You'll find incredible homemade goodies to munch on, or to take home with you! You will be in a great location, just 1.5 hours from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico! Additionally, Mount Dora is located just under an hour outside of Orlando, so plan a road trip for an adventurous day running around Central Florida’s most famous theme parks and visiting nearby beaches. All of the major attractions, such as Disney World, Universal Orlando Studios, Sea World and Daytona Beach, are just a short drive away, making for fun-filled days! OUR MISSION Our mission is to make your vacation rental easy and fun! If you have questions prior to your trip, we are happy to assist you 7 days a week. Owners are located within 10 minutes from the property, and are available during your stay to help with any issues that may arise. We are happy to assist with special requests to make your arrival or stay the best vacation time of your life! ADDITIONAL DETAILS Key Residence Features: - Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, central air conditioning & heating, in-unit laundry machines, screened in heated pool with gas grill, wireless internet access, flat screen cable TV, rear patio with fire pit, fenced back yard, front porch, spacious yard and driveway parking. Two bicycles are available on site, please see rules regarding use. Hair dryers located in each bathroom, ironing board and iron located in hall closet. You will also find some games and books for your enjoyment. We provide start up paper products, toiletries and first morning coffee, tea and light snacks. - Incredible Mount Dora location! Enjoy easy access to lake activities, the lighthouse, restaurants, bakeries, shopping, and Orlando attractions. Policies: - Strict no smoking policy - Pet friendly; please contact owner for approval, additional fees determined on individual basis, must have proof of flea preventative and up to date shots. - No events, parties or large gatherings - Must be at least 25 years old to book - Additional fees and taxes may apply - Photo ID may be required upon check-in - Please read additional rules for the property and remember that the yard and pool are shared with the studio apartment that adjoins to the screened pool enclosure. -2 to 4 week rental 10% discount -1 to 2 month rental 20% discount -3+ months rental 25% discount Please review my cancellation policy carefully. I believe that VRBO offers travel insurance at checkout. If not, please consider purchasing travel insurance if you can not afford the loss of monies as I can not refund on cancellations under 14 days. The only exception will be if I am able to re-book for the time you cancelled, in that case I will refund the nights I am able to book.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer private pools and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided on request.

Recreational amenities at the vacation home include an outdoor tennis court and a water park.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Terry Ern
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Private pool


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Car recommended


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Spices
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Dining room


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Books
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In the city center
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital

Things to do

  • Water park
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Water sports equipment
  • Bicycling on site
  • Kayak on site
  • Boating on site
  • Golfing on site
  • Tennis on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby

Safety features

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 5
  • Unit size: 1200 sq ft (111 sq m)



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and a deadbolt lock

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property

Frequently asked questions

Is The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora?
Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
What time is check-out at The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Where is The Tortoise and The Hare Cottage, 1926 Charmer With Pool in Downtown Mount Dora located?
Located in the center of Mount Dora, this family-friendly vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Mount Dora Community Building, Donnelly Park, and Mount Dora Center for the Arts. Mount Dora History Museum and Modernism Museum are also within 15 minutes.
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5/5 Excellent

Pleasantly Pleased - Great Value
My friends and I travel for New Years every year because it's my birthday. We do a trip called "The Last Hurrah" and this year was our 6th year. With COVID-19 looming all year, we didn't know where to go or what to do. We preferred a home to a hotel and needed something affordable because we had suffered a lot of financial losses this year. I came upon the Tortoise and the Hare and quite honestly was attracted to the price and the charm I saw in the photos. Knowing photos can often misrepresent a home, I was a little concerned about it. All of that went away when we pulled up to the home and entered. It was full of charm and beautifully refinished hardwood floors. The owner had placed fresh flowers in several rooms and the decorating was on point for the age of the property. We enyoyed the home very much and will recommend it to others heading to Mt Dora.

5/5 Excellent

Great place !
Great location, cute cottage and everything was perfect! Would come back !

5/5 Excellent

Anniversary get-away
My husband and I escaped to Mt. Dora for a long weekend to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. The Tortoise and the Hare Cottage was just what the doctor ordered for rest and relaxation. The cottage has the charm of a historic house with all of the modern conveniences. It's close to everything and is in a beautiful neighborhood. Our chocolate lab puppy enjoyed the stay, too.

5/5 Excellent

My Dora Adventures
The home & property is clean, well kept, and tastefully decorated. Super nice to have fresh flowers and a cold bottle of bubbly to welcome you in. The pool is a fantastic retreat, very private. Lots to do in Mt Dora, downtown & the flea market. Get the pickles at the flea market. We are coming back! Very comfortable home. Owners are wonderful.

5/5 Excellent

3 generations for getaway
Terry was so very nice and accommodating. The home was well thought out in design and decorations. She even had fresh cut flowers all around. Easy for us to feel relaxed and enjoy our time spent there.

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