|Minimum Stay||2 - 30 nights|
This lovely upstairs cottage is very pretty, quiet, peaceful, and clean. It is well stocked. It has wifi and satellite tv. It has a deck to enjoy the sunsets and a dock to tie up your boats. The white sand beach is great for swimming and relaxing. There is plenty of decks and shade. You can fish off the dock (I'll tell you the secret to fishing Santa Fe Lake) and enjoy motoring around this beautiful lake. Santa Fe Lake is 3 1/2 miles wide and seven miles long (6800 acres) and has a lot of character. It is a great place for a family vacation and make to childhood memories.I don't have a lot of rules and regulations and want you to come in and feel completely at home. There is an acre of land with room for games and plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers with easy in, easy out access. We are located 25 miles from Gainesville and the University of Florida. Theatres, sporting events, museums, and fine dining are all available. A fine golf course is within a couple of miles and PGA courses at Jacksonville are about a 50mile trip. A grocery store is within a mile. Two small towns are within 4 miles. Melrose is very artsy and there is a coffee talk every Wednesday with locals meeting to enjoy music, coffee, snacks and each other. Its delightful. Keystone Heights is friendly and safe and lots of little shops.. It is a peaceful country atmosphere with no traffic hassle. I am an artist and the place decorated with mosaics, yard art, plants and is interesting and pretty. Once you have been here you are like family and are always welcome. My home is also on the property but I am gone most of the time (My Mother is 100 yrs old) and the place is yours alone. I love for you to come in and be completely at home and I will help in any way I can to see that your time here is perfect. I even try to control the weather and the bugs but actually I am not to good at it. I love to share this beautiful place and would love to have you vacation here.
This is the only rental on the property and you are not sharing the white sand beach or dock. It is completely private and for you only while you are here. Below the upstairs cottage is a garage with nothing going on in there to disturbe you. My home is also on the property but I am gone most of the time. The 100 ft water front is for you and your family only. It is quiet, peaceful, private, clean, pretty and well stocked. And I am here to offer any help. I can to point you to the local grocery store, restaurants etc. and introduce to the lake and the area. This is an unfound area of Florida and there is no husstle and bustle or traffic. Santa Fe is a large lake and sometimes is slick as glass and then a breeze can churn up some waves. The sunsets are glorious. Usually a lake breeze keeps it cooler and there is shade to sit and read or relax.
AVAILABLE FOR WINTER MONTHS @$1,200.00mo: Get out of the cold and spend your winter here in sunny Florida. This is a beautiful place to spend the winter. It is quiet, peaceful ,and private but close to restaurants, shopping, entertainment. Fish off of the dock or take a day trip to the beach or Cedar Keys, or to Disney. Twice my winter renters have fallen in love with the area and bought a home nearby. I lost them as renters but have them as good neighbors and friends. Keystone Heights and Melrose are both 4 miles away and are friendly, lovely, laid back little towns. Lots of churches, beauty shops, a couple of grocery stores, and we even have fitness centers. There are trails for walking or biking. We have an ice cream shop and a golf course. Come and join us. November and/or December are available and so is January, March and/or April. Come for one month or most of the winter. You will fall in love with this area . It is an unfound lovely, safe area of Florida.
My home is also on this property and I have enjoyed living here since 1972. My kids grew up here. I am an artist and the whole place is decorated with my mosaics, and yard art. The garage is my work shop and I really enjoy creating new pieces.
Jeanne Breedlove purchased this cottage in 1972
This property is set on a bank and the lake has a beautiful white sand bottom. Perfect for swimming and a safe place for children. The sun sets are glorious. The lake is so large that a storm can whip up huge breakers. The lake has so much character. Every day beautiful and different.
The setting just brings piece to your soul. Vacationers come in all exhausted and keyed up and every day you can see them relax more and more. It is quiet and peaceful and soothing here. A perfect get-a-way from lifes hustle and bustle.
We had so much fun staying at the lake house. The property is beautiful and we will definitely visit again. My kids loved being able to splash around in the water and we had fun having a picnic at the end of the dock. We had a relaxing and fun-filled weekend staying at the lake house.
Spotless, lots of closet space, comfortable bed, ample seating. Enjoyed the deck. The lake is absolutely
beautiful with a peaceful calm. The area is very safe; I thought nothing of leaving the main door unlocked
or just open. Definitely relaxing.
What a great find Jeannie's beautfiul lakeside cottage was for us!!! I have a small sailboat and wanted to find a quiet rental on Lake Santa Fe where we could spend a few days sailing and relaxing. Jennie's spot is PERFECT! As other reviews mention, the cottage is super clean and stocked with everything you need. For boaters, you have great docking options - quick runs to the dock for lunch or picking up someone are easy. And overnight mooring is safe and secure. The lake is ideal for small to mid size boat sailing, and great for swimming anyplace you want to drop your anchor. Swimming at Jeannie's dock is great, too. This is a perfect get away, whether you come from near or far. We came from Gainesville - only 30 minutes away, and were so happy to find such a wonderful spot to enjoy so close to home. Jeannie is a WONDERFUL host. She even drove us to and from the boat ramp for our launching!!!!
My wife and I just returned home from our stay Labor Day Weekend (2013) and we had a wonderful time. The cottage has everything you need and is very quiet and private, Jeanne is wonderful and very pleasant to work with, We will be back soon and I hope to have a new family member with us.....A Boat. Jay and Donna Jacksonville, Fl.
All I wanted to do was relax and enjoy the lake and sun. That is exactly what Jeanne's vacation rental is all about. Sitting on the balcony you are surrounded by lush trees and flowers and a plethora of butterflies. But no mosquitoes!!
The rental was immaculately clean. And well stocked with pots and pans, cutlery, glassware, kitchen towels... you name it, it was there. There was even a large roaster that you could cook a turkey in. Seriously everything that you could need, Jeanne has thoughtfully provided.
The lake was so lovely. We brought rafts and floated around on them every day. The dock is also well appointed. At the time we visited there would be no problem docking your boat there and having it ready to take off at a moments whim.
I cannot say enough about what a wonderful, relaxing time we had. Not to mention the rental is pet friendly and my 8 year old terrier loved getting in the water as well.
The only thing that I can say that is better than the vacation rental, the lush greenery and the fabulous, very large lake is Jeanne. She is a very kind and gracious owner and puts you at ease the moment you speak and meet her.
I'm thinking about you Jeanne and after this long semester (hopefully before) I am dying to come back again and stay longer.
With Every Good Wish,
My wife and I (and our 2 dogs ) spent the month of February at Jeanne's cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and must add that Jeanne was a perfect hostess, very respectful of our privacy yet always willing to offer directions, information about local activities, etc. We golfed many times, having a choice of 4 courses within a 30 minute drive. We did a lot of sightseeing as we were halfway between the gulf coast and the ocean. Wild Bill's Airboat Rides in Inverness (about 1 1/2 hrs away) and Marineland (about 1 hr) were 2 of our most memorable outings. There is a grocery store about 10 min. away which provided everything you could possibly need, as well as a gas station and convenience store only 2 minutes away. We dined out several times with our favourites being Melrose Cafe and Johnny's BBQ & Catering in Keystone Heights. There are numerous farmers markets and flea markets in the area and our dogs were welcomed everywhere. Jeanne offered us the use of her washing machine, but we didn't want to take advantage of her, so we went to the one in Keystone Heights. Very clean and well looked after. Do not go to the one in Melrose. If you would like a relaxing vacation away from all the busy tourist venues, I would highly recommend a stay at Jeanne's cottage. Jeanne isn't exaggerating when she says the sunsets are beautiful. Thanks so much Jeanne, for an awesome escape from our Canadian winter. Say hi to Brandon, Ashley & Bob. The dogs miss all of you (and us too)!
Santa Fe Lake is a huge, beautiful lake perfect for boating, skiing, sailing, and my place has a great white sand beach for swimming. There is a dock for fishing and relaxing and boat tie offs. Fishing is great right off of the dock It is a private beach for the rental only. It is located nestled between two small towns. Four miles south is Melrose, a one redlight town known for its art galleries and restaurants. Four miles north is the two red light town of Keystone Heights. A beautiful, friendly place to shop and enjoy small town life. It is a quiet, peaceful, frendly area away from traffic, and big city bustle. We are located about and hour from either coast with plenty of recreation and entertainment close by. This is the only rental on this property and you have the full run of the place to yourselves. There is a large yard with a big circular driveway. Plenty of room for parking and boat trailer storage. I like for you to come in and feel completely at home here. I am happy to share this beautiful lake and the spectacular sunsets.
Melrose was settled in the second half of the 19th century at the crossing of the Bellamy Road (now State Road 26) and the Starke-Orange Springs Road (now State Road 21), near the Eliam Church and Shakerag race course, and about one mile from the older settlement of Banana. The new town was named Melrose after Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland. It was reported that the ladies of the town did not want it to be known as Shakerag. The town of Melrose included part of the Shakerag race course, but there was no settlement at the Shakerag race course before Melrose was settled, and Tolles states that '[t]o say Melrose used to be called Shake Rag is poetic license.'
In the late 1800s, the citrus industry thrived in the area. Local growers would bring their yearly harvest to Melrose, where it was loaded onto steam ships in lake Santa Fe. The ships would then steam from lake Santa Fe to Lake Alto, and then Lake Alto to the town of Waldo using man made canals. The citrus was then taken by rail across the United States. Unfortunately, in 1894 two devastating freezes hit the Melrose area and destroyed local groves. Growers then relocated to warmer areas in the central and southern parts of Florida.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Summer vacation weekly rate is $750.00 + sales tax. Summer time weeks go from Friday to Friday There are no other charges or fees. Summer time weeks go from Friday to Friday
Winter Months are available for $1,200.00 + sales tax.
When available....... daily rate is $120.00. Call any time to check with me about available days and rates.
I accept a deposit to hold the time for you and the you pay the remainder when you come in.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.