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Great Get Away on Beautiful Lake Dorr in Ocala Nat'l Forest

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


Minimum Stay
14 nights


Altoona House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This 1,600 sf, one bedroom loft home is on beautiful Lake Dorr in the Ocala National Forest. The home has a spacious, open floor plan with a loft bedroom that overlooks the living and dining room areas. The huge windows on the lakeside offer a picturesque view of the property and pristine lake front where you'll enjoy gorgeous sunrises and moonlit evenings. There is also plenty of wildlife to see...turkey, deer, lots of birds and even an occassional bear sighting. Evenings are a great time to sit outside and listen to the sounds of the forest. The most mesmerizing one is the echoing sounds of the owls hooting at night. It's a perfect retreat for outdoor enthusiasts who love to boat, canoe, kayak, fish, hike, bike or horse back ride. So whether you are here to enjoy the outdoors or spend the day exploring the area's attractions, we have the perfect vacation rental home for you.

You are in a safe neighborhood on a 30-acre private estate. There are nearby grocery stores, and you’re a short drive to Eustis and Mt. Dora. Orlando, Ocala, The Villages, Leesburg, Daytona are within an hour drive. There are plenty of natural springs nearby that are within 15-40 mins. You can also spend the day at Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, several of the Atlantic beaches or head for the Gulf of Mexico. You are centrally located.

Out of courtesy for our other patrons smoking and pets are not allowed. Sorry, no exceptions.

Keywords: House, cabin, cottage, home, lakefront, lake front, beach front, private, lodging, lodge

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Bill Rogers
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 27, 2016
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About Bill Rogers

Bill & Vicki Rogers - We decided to move to this area because we were tired of the hustle and bustle of living in a larger city, Clearwater, FL. For eight years, we traveled all over the state of Florida looking for that perfect place. This property was such a paradise, we knew this is where we needed to be. It is a 30 acre estate with a main house and guest house. We are located adjacent to the Ocala National Forest on a 1,700 acre private lake, yet only a short distance from great restaurants, shopping and attractions. We are centrally located and truly have the best of both worlds!

Bill Rogers purchased this house in 2007

Why Bill Rogers chose Florida

This estate is our retirement home. The view as you enter the property is breath-taking. It's in a great neighborhood, and the property is centrally located but also away from constant traffic and noise. We enjoy star gazing, and there's no bright city lights, so you can really see the stars. We love this lake because it is large enough to ski, fish, etc., but yet it is still a hidden gem with little traffic. From the boat dock, we've watched many shuttles take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. We can sit down by the lake and relax and unwind, yet be in touch with nature as the bald eagles soar by. We also enjoy fishing on the lake.

Most importantly, we enjoy exercising and can walk or ride bicycle on either the paved roads or the trails.

What makes this house unique

There are plenty of things to do. Horseback riding in the Ocala National Forest is available within 5 minutes. You'll love visiting the natural springs. Bring your bicycle or walk to adjacent trails. You can spend part of your day on a canoe trip around the lake or you can go fishing right off of the dock. Spend your day at the attractions in Orlando and come home to retire in a beautiful, relaxing setting.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Great Get Away on Beautiful Lake Dorr in Ocala Nat'l Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A hidden secret!

  • 5 of 5

We needed temporary housing for a month while we looked for a house. I also had to work from "home" in the process. We couldn't have found a better arrangement. There was a small desk and all the amenities of a home. It was also much like a vacation for us. As others have said, the lake is absolutely perfect, and there are places to take walks. We would see Bill and Vicki occasionally when we were out walking. They were so pleasant to talk with and Bill kept everything in perfect condition. One day we went out looking at houses. I was going to sweep the porch when I returned, but apparently Bill had done that while we were gone. I would highly recommend this as a perfect get-away - even for temporary housing.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that we could accommodate your needs. And yes, Bill does like to keep things in order for our guests, as they would want it and without interruptions. Thank you Paul and Jeanette, and we hope you're enjoying your new home.
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A wonderful trip

  • 5 of 5

Why let's start with Bill and Vickei. Soon they become like family. I was a women alone and we did fun things together . Biking, walks and downtown Mt. Dora.

The rental was all the pictures show but more with wild turkeys and deer six feet from the back door.

You are in the woods but safe. You are close to lots of shopping. You are a short walk to the deck and waters do great sketching if you're any kind of artist.

Bill keeps everything clean and pristine.

The only negative is having to come home . I look forward to returning soon!!!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Patty for the nice comments! We enjoyed your company as well and are glad you felt at peace and secure while at Lago Vista. We look forward to seeing you real soon.
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Beyond Charming

  • 5 of 5

What a serene setting! This property is even more lovely than the photos can relate. The cottage is absolutely charming and the lake view is exquisite. Bill and Vicki couldn't be nicer hosts and were happy to share their extensive knowledge of the area. They were very accommodating ensuring our stay was comfortable. The well maintained cottage is tastefully and comfortably decorated and fully equipped with all the amenities of home. All of your needs are covered! The lake is placid and relaxing. We enjoyed sitting outside with our morning coffee savoring the lake and wildlife. Natural peace and quiet with some of Florida's wildlife are right outside your door. The lake is excellent for canoeing and fishing. This is a perfect retreat for nature lovers. Our stay was a delightful experience. We can't stop talking about it!

Bill and Vicki, Thanks for being such gracious hosts! We appreciate everything you did to ensure our visit was one to remember! Our stay at the cottage was very memorable which we hold dearly in our hearts. We hope to see you again!!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ken and Susan for the lovely comments! We are glad you enjoyed your vacation at Lago Vista, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Freedom, New Hampshire

A&S, New Hampshire

  • 5 of 5

We just spent the most idyllic month in Florida at Lake Dorr. The guesthouse we stayed in was so well-maintained and very comfortable. The quiet atmosphere and view of the lake made time stop. This is a special place.

But when you wanted good restaurants, shopping or entertainment, you were just minutes away.

Our hosts, Bill & Vicki, could not have been more accommodating. They provided a lot of information about the area and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. We hope to go back!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barrington, Illinos

J & N, Illinois

  • 5 of 5

If you want total Relaxation, you found the right place.

The hospitality, cabin life, and lake view scenery will keep you coming back year after year, as it did for us.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stevens Point, WI

Wonderful Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days at this Lake Dorr location in February. The VRBO description was accurate. Everything was very clean and well kept. The owners were great. Any questions we had were responded to quickly. We were on a two month visit to lots of locations and this stay was at the top of the list. We enjoyed canoeing around the lake and watching the wildlife. All this and still close enough to towns with things to do, a nice choice of restaurants and a nice duplicate bridge club. I would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property has a canoe available for your use or you can bring your own boat, kayaks & tie up to dock. We also have space to park your RV and electric.

We are close to numerous springs and horseback riding trails. The Villages is just a 30 min. drive and one of America's favorite towns, Mt. Dora, is just 20 min. away. Orlando's attractions, Daytona and Ormond Beach are approximately one hour. New Smyrna is 45 min. Tavares (Seaplane City) is 25 min.


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Refundable damage deposit $500

We require 50% of rental amount with signed Agreement and balance to be paid 60 days prior to move in. Refundable Damage Deposit of $500 due on date of arrival.

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Altoona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in upstairs loft bedroom and pull out queen sofa in living room area, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeps 2 adults comfortably for a weekend.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This property has a sandy beachfront. Great for swimming, launching kayaks, canoes, jet ski's etc. There are two bicycles that are available to ride.

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