|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Welcome to our vacation house in Florida!
Ocala with the nearby Ocala National Forest is known as the horse capital of the world and is home of Kentucky Derby winners. If you love horseback riding this is the right place for you.
Enjoy the Silver Springs State Park which is very close to the house with dozens of springs and the Silver River. The area has the largest artesian spring formation in the world with 72 degrees warm crystal clear water all year round. Numerous other rivers are nearby such as the Ocklawaha River, the Rainbow River and the Santa Fe River which all meander through a stunning wilderness. So enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. These Springs are in reach: Silver Springs, Rainbow Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Spring, Salt Springs, Blue Spring, DeLeon Springs, Alexander Spring.
Just minutes away from the house you find access to the Cross Florida Greenway and the Marshall Swamp, a jungle-like wilderness. With lots of trails they offer a paradise for bicycling, hiking, roller blading, birding and wildlife watching.
Across the road is the Diamond Golf and Country Club, with 18 holes to play and the title 'Highest Slope Rating' in Marion County.
Goethe State Forest with it´s 23 miles of hiking trails and 41 miles of horse riding trails is only 40 miles away.
Supermarkets, drug stores, other stores such as a Walmart Supercenter and gas stations are also just around the corner.
You are within a radius of 80 miles or less to Orlando with all the amusement parks and outlet malls, as well as to Daytona Beach and to Crystal River. St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States is 85 miles away.
This beautiful bungalow is furnished, smart and comfortable. There are two double (queen) bedrooms and one twin bedroom. Master-bedroom has a big walk-in closet. Both bathrooms with a walk-in shower. The master-bathroom also has a bathtub. There is also a big kitchen, a recliner sofa, a double rocking recliner loveseat and a 50' flatscreen LED TV. The former garage has been converted into a carpeted, fully insulated multi-purpose room under AC with a Brunswick pool table for your convenience.
Enjoy the nice private pool and the roofed patio.
The Ocala area offers an incredible number of recreational activities like kayaking, bicycling, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, fishing, rollerblading, snorkeling and swimming, horse riding, golfing ....
From the first moment you feel yourself at home. During the hot summer months the pool provides cooling-off. The planting and decoration gives you a tropical flair.
Very nice, warm stay. Our kids enjoyed the pool and there was plenty of room! Would definitely stay here again
We rented this home for our trip to FL for a family wedding. Only correspondence we had with owners was via email (which was fine). The day before our arrival I wrote the owner asking about how we get in or who to contact. Birgit's response back was curt and made me feel as if I was bothering her because she apparently had to repeat herself. I was sure to reply and apologize for any inconvenience, Birgit assured me I was not (tone is hard to judge via email). Anyway, once we arrived, Linda (the cleaner and house manager) greeted us to show us around. Linda was very nice and went over the layout and basic info. We went about our week with no issues.
Check out was by 11AM on Monday. We gathered our stuff made sure dishes were clean and away, counters cleared off, normal upkeep and off we went. Shortly after leaving, I received this email from the owner "We are sorry but we can't pay back the damage deposit. You took out the pool cleaner and the pump sucked air. There is a BIG sign that points out to the consequences. Why did you do that? Maybe this doesn't even cover the costs!" I'll be honest, I was shocked. My first thought was "what is she talking about?" Myself, my husband, nor my in-laws saw a sign explaining not to take the pool cleaner out of the pool. So I replied back asking her to explain. I called Linda in the meantime trying to get more info and was then told via email not to call Linda as she is not the owner. Perhaps, Birgit should have picked up the phone instead of corresponding via email to further discuss. The issue is - Neither Linda nor the owner mentioned to us the importance of keeping the pool cleaner in the pool. We rent plenty of vacation homes with pools, have our own pool, and a family member who owns a pool company. Every manual clearly states "remove cleaner before swimming, unsafe." Not only was this unsafe for adults, but we had 3kids swimming and this could have caused a huge liability had they gotten tangled and drown. Obviously, there is an issue with the pool/pump at this home and I advised the owners to have this fixed before further renting their home. I also recommended they put a binder of "home rules / what is expected" on the counter for future renter to help take out guess work.
In the end, we lost our security deposit because no one mentioned the pool was not in proper running order. After I sent the owner a copy of a cleaner manual explaining the dangers, she emailed me back knit picking about cleanliness.
The experience was absolutely perfect! Not one problem and the owners were a delight to rent from. Very smooth operation.
What a wonderful home for our mini-vacation! It's very comfortable, clean and gives you a feeling of home. The pool and patio area are fantastic; we enjoyed it very much. Linda, the property manager, is very friendly and nearby if you need her for anything. The pictures do indeed match the house. It's exactly as seen in the photos. The rooms are spacious and the furniture comfortable. Birgit responded very quickly to my emails, answering any questions I had. She is a pleasure to work with. We're looking forward to staying in her lovely home again.
I stay at Birgit's home yearly because it is exceptionally clean, well stocked and Linda the housekeeper is nearby and available if you have a question or problem. The artwork within the home is beautiful too. You will enjoy the heated pool or a meal poolside. I come to Ocala each year to kayak and Silver River State Park is well known for the clear springs, abundant wildlife and even monkeys. There are an additional 6 river trips within an hour of the home. Birgit continues to improve the home having added the solar pool heat this year and a walk in shower. It is clear why she gets so many repeat guests and I will continue to be one of them.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Rates are based on 4 guests.
Safety deposit: 300 $ / Cleaning: $ 100 - due by arrival and refundable by departure.
Sorry no pets!
Because of these numerous people who book just for fun just to cancel 1 day before the cancellation deadline expires we only refund payments if the period is filled again.
The grill cleaning is to perform independent, otherwise cleaning $ 20
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.