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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We stayed at the Tara Villas and the whole family had fun. The Villas are very spacious and close to the pool and lake. The master bedroom had a really large bathroom and the kids had 2 queen beds with their own bathroom. There was a kitchen with all the bells and whistles and the screened-in porch was huge. While my husband was playing golf, I could lay by the pool and the kids went out on the lake with a paddle boat. We all had such a great time and will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Doris C
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

This place is a timeshare. While we were only there for a few nights there was no contact from any Wyndham/Fairfield representatives. When we arrived at the East entrance gate the guard handed us an envelope and gave us directions to the unit. Inside the envelope where the electronic door keys, instructions of what to do upon departure and a few maps of the resort. Not sure how many units Wyndham has here but most of the properties seem to be private homes. The unit we were in was Tara Gardens or Tara Lake Gardens. It was a large two bedroom, two bath unit across the street from the lake in a wooded area. The parking area outside the unit could possibly fit two cars. The unit a king bed in each bedroom, a king sized sleeper sofa in the living room and a loft with two twin beds. The loft was open so it was very hot up there but did have a ceiling fan. The unit furnishings were dated and appeared to be getting worn. The rugs could use replacement or, at least, a good cleaning. The master bedroom bath only had a hand held shower in the jacuzzi tub. The tub had a tub to ceiling glass enclosure around the faucet area that made it very difficult to put the drain down and turn on the water without first putting one foot into the tub just so you could reach the faucets. Very stupid place for the glass. Since the other bathroom has a shower then Wyndham should remove the hand held shower and the glass from the Master so the faucets can be reached comfortably. When we first entered the unit had a musty smell which disapeared after the AC was on for a while. There was a full kitchen, full dining utensils and a refrigerator with a slow ice maker. There was also an apartment sized, stacked, washer and dryer. From my perspective this place is okay to stay in if you are spending a few days in the area as it is convenient to Atlanta, about 40 miles away. Ten to fifteen minutes away is Carollton which has a Logan's Steak House, a Ryans buffet and a few other restaurants. Not far is a Publix and a Walmart. There are a number of small convenience stores in the area. Four exits east on I20 is Douglasville which has a number of restaurants and a small mall. For those of you who have never stayed in a Timeshare before - there is no daily cleaning service! I get so tired of reading revues from people, not used to timeshare units, who complain that no one came in to change their towels and clean their unit. Like other timeshare units this one has a vacuum, broom/dust pan and the washer/dryer for you to use.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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11  Thank divearnd
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

This resort is a residential community which consist of homes and the Wyndham Resort. The community is build around a large, picturesque lake. It is far from busy Downtown Atlanta. For most travelers this area may be a bit out of the way, but if you are looking for a peaceful setting away from the "noise", this is it. The resort is large and has paved roads, some of which are a bit steep, but do-able in a small car. There are no mountain roads here. There was a swimming pools near the rental unit and the lake has a small beach area. Also, there are Canadian geese everywhere, so watch your step.

The lake unit where we stayed was a beautiful 2-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath unit which was privately owned. There was a problem with the A/C the first night, however, received immediate attention from the staff when we called about it, and while she was not able to correct it (she came to our unit personally), she did contact the owners who came out the next morning. All was corrected the next day, but you may want to ask for only Wyndham owned units as the issue would have been resolved that same night.

When you leave the resort, the surrounding area consists of country roads and large homesites. All roads are paved, but it is a rural area. There is a grocery store and a few restaurants approximately 5 to 8 miles from the resort. A GPS will help you find all the local sites. A must see here is Stone Mountain and the Coca-Cola Museum (Downtown Atlanta). Each are about 30 minutes from the resort. Enjoy!

Room Tip: Ask for only Wyndham owned units - private owner units
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank yazdragonfly
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Overall Resort Rating: Slightly below average. Wyndham’s presence and demand for quality are conspicuously absent.

Unit rating: Above average

Commentary: We stayed at the Wyndham Fairfield Plantation (Villa Rica, GA) during the summer of 2011 while on a family vacation with my wife and pre-teenage daughters. The facility is off the beaten path and nowhere near anything of historical or tourist interest. You should plan for a 40-65 minute travel time to activity in the metro Atlanta area. Do not let this discourage you as most of the path of travel is via four lane interstate highway or mass transit railway. A car is a must.

The “resort” is part of a 3400 home planned community with a 250+ acre man-made lake and a golf course. The timeshare and rental properties are sectioned off as an enclave of units on the back side of the development in a condominium community near the marina. The Google Earth satellite shots are old and do not provide a reasonable representation of the area. We stayed in the Lake Tara Villas 2 in a two bedroom deluxe unit. The overall layout and placement of the building structures is odd and yields very few units with direct lake frontage or lake views. The resort appears to be one of the properties that was inherited from Fairfield at the time of the merger with Wyndham. We do not think Wyndham has put much into this property as we believe their inventory in this facility is very limited. From what we saw many of the units in the section appear to be privately owned. The unit we stayed in was well maintained and offered spacious living areas. That said, the doorways into all the bathrooms are 24 inches wide. That combined with the layout of the fixtures in the bathrooms and water closet may create problems for those with mobility or larger body girth issues. The decor in the unit was attractive and well put together. The bedding and furniture have been updated but the countertops and kitchen have not. The kitchen is stocked with all the usual timeshare cookware inventories. Our only detracting comments regarding the kitchen are about the small physical size and the inaccuracy of the oven’s cooking temperature. The televisions and DVD/VCR player are older models and need updating. The television in the family room was the only one that would support modern electronic game devices. The beds were comfortable and the linens were fresh. We absolutely loved the screened in rear porch. We ate most of our meals on the rear deck. The main indoor eating area is a nook with a bench seat that seats four comfortably; any more at the table would be a tight squeeze. The stacked washer and dryer will accommodate a normal family of four sized load.

Amenities: The marina is a snack bar that sells food, beer, fuel for the boats. There are no boat or watercraft rentals of any kind on the property. Much to our surprise the open air bar hosts live music on Saturdays. They went until about 11:15 p.m. Fishing licenses are not required as the lake is a private lake. The marina does not sell bait.
There are several pools on the property. They are reminiscent of private back yard or local community pools. They offer nothing of significance and are run of the mill swimming pools. The one in the condo area is just outside the door of nearly every unit. It offers no shade so pack your own umbrella or be prepared to bake in the sun. All the pools were well maintained.

The property has two man-made beaches. Both are covered with imported real beach sand. The larger community beach is a twenty minute (1-1.3 mile) walk from the units. The pavilion has bathrooms, showers, and a covered veranda. There are vending machines but no snack bar. The Pavilion and beach are well maintained and staffed with lifeguards. The second beach is located within the condo complex and is very small and not so pretty or well maintained. The water in the lake was very clean and we had no concerns about swimming in the lake.

The recreation center is more like a recreation room and is in need of updating. The table games in the room are in various states of functionality and disrepair. The whole center and its contents are in need of a complete overhaul.

The county club/golf course was fare market priced for the region at $48 for a round with a cart. From the roadway the course looked well maintained.
Biggest let down: Our day trip to Stone Mountain Park. We counted a total of seven possible “things to ride” available within the park. The laser and fireworks show was average but a a slight let down. The cost of food within the park was outrageous (lunch: chicken sandwich w/ fries for four was $52). However, they do provide many venues in which you may consume food brought in from the outside. I would suggest packing your own lunch and dinner and plenty of fluids. We would not call it a must see, but it was enjoyable. Once in our lifetime will suffice. In my opinion as the guy paying the bills SMP was not worth it.

If you are looking for a mid-Atlantic lake based resort I would highly recommend the Lake Lure, NC area (but be prepared for sticker shock if you bring your own boat to put in).

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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11  Thank RMSaintL
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

My husband & I stayed at Wyndham at Fairfield Plantation the week of May 7-May 14, 2011. This was the most beautiful resort we ever stayed in. It was so spacious & was decorated very richly! The staff was so nice & friendly. if you had a problem, they took care of it right away. This is a wonderful place to get away & relax! You will not be disappointed if you go there for a visit!

Room Tip: This is a very quite & private place!
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank jbmb3445
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