In the Spring of 2000 Villas4All.com founder Stuart Buckley discovered Orlando - thanks to a family friend who offered a two week holiday in a new Villa (nice friend!). Stuart and his family had such a wonderful time and found the luxury of a private home with its own pool, so great, that they decided to purchase their own 'Home in the Sun'. Stuart started to dream of living his life in Florida and also recognised the great value offered by Orlando villa rentals. He also became aware that there were thousands of private villa-homes available for holiday / vacation rentals. After several months of market research and planning the first incarnation of 'Villas4All.com' was born (in late January 2001).
The site was created specifically to enable both owners and guests to make direct contact with one another so that details and availability could be shared and private bookings arranged. No longer did guests have to wait for 'snail-mail' to arrive with information and booking literature (how bizarre a world that seems now!). Owners advertise their private homes and can provide their own text, photographs and videos to showcase their villa.
At the same time as viewing and enquiring about holiday/vacation accommodation, guests also have access to other useful information including maps, attractions (Disney, Universal, etc) and other items of information and interest. This enables them to make an informed decision on the location that will best suit them as well as booking a home in that area. The site is in fact a 'One-Stop Shop' for those looking to visit Florida with their family and/or friends.
During 2002 the 'Villas4all' website was upgraded to a database-driven system in order for it to run more efficiently and to be more conveniently maintained.
In 2003 Stuart & his mother Pattie Buckley launched a Property Management Company 'Florida Ideal' to provide owners on 'Villas4all' with fair, honest and efficient management and care of their homes and guests. It operates along part of the US27 corridor and on CR54 (covering Polk and Lake Counties).
Stuart became permanently based in Florida in the autumn of 2006 and able to take control of the U.S. office. He married his American girlfriend, who he first met at an owner's BBQ and they are now happily settled into 'Married Family Life' having purchased a home on one of the US27 communities.
In December 2007 Villas4all v3.0 went 'Live' with a brand new website design, extra features, search systems, late availability and guides to Disney and other Attractions.
In 2010 (after years of discussion) Stuart added a business partner to Villas4All in the shape of lifetime friend 'Matt Peskett'; Matt and Stuart shared all the same schools, becoming friends not long after a young Stuart threw pine cones at Matt's Father's car as it passed his house (causing Matt's father to stop, get out and give chase!). Later they bonded over CB radio during the early 90s – something they both feel was the forerunner to social media. Matt is an online marketing consultant with over 14 years digital experience across a wide range of International companies. He is also an expert in all aspects of running an online business and brings Villas4All a new injection of fresh ideas to take the site forwards through some tough economic times.
In June 2012 Matt and Stuart launched a Ltd company 'Villas4All Ltd' as the umbrella vehicle for a brand new super-dooper website which launched in October 2012 - and that's what you're looking at now! You can contact Matt or Stuart via the contact us page.