POINTS OF INTEREST
Accomplished pianist George Davidson and wife Eileen built this lavish lakeside retreat; their daughter Gillian truly makes guests feel at home. Understated good taste informs every aspect of the house, from the waterfall pool and hot tub to a screened-in patio overlooking the bird-filled lagoon to the carved hardwood furnishings, tatted linens, and ornately embroidered pillows. Not to mention Gillian's scrumptious, sumptuous breakfasts (to-die-for bread-and-butter pudding and French toast). Some rooms have romantic touches like four-poster or canopy beds and jetted tubs. Even the sole room sans balcony, Poinciana, has windows overlooking the water. There's an honor bar, and guests have kitchen privileges (with their own shelf in the refrigerator). Families will appreciate the self-sufficient two-bedroom apartment that sleeps six (with an extra futon) and features jaw-dropping vistas from the rooftop terrace, accessed via a charming spiral staircase.