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Karen and Kendall Thurston

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Enjoy the beauty of the Suwannee River from the porch of this comfortable home.

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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North Central Florida House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, an inflatable queen bed, sleeps 6

This beautiful home says come in and stay awhile. Renovated by a master woodworker it features hardwood floors and unique spalted trim. Snuggle down into one of the soft leather sofas and read a book or watch a movie on the 52' flatscreen TV. Internet WI-FI and BluRay allow you to stream your favorite movies. A covered porch, of over 80 feet, overlooks the Suwannee River and a large front yard where wildlife abounds. Fish off the riverbank or the floating dock. Three canoes are at your disposal. This home is family friendly. There's a great childs corner inside where little ones can play. They'll love the rope swing in the front yard. Outdoor games like Ladder Ball and Sky Darts are available. It is only minutes away from a paved bike path. Close to area springs for scuba, snorkeling, or tubing. This property is great for a peaceful retreat or to enjoy all the water activities that the Suwannee can offer. Just 4 miles to the closest boat launch. It is also ideal for a girls weekend.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen and Kendall Thurston (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 30 traveler reviews

Enjoy the beauty of the Suwannee River from the porch of this comfortable home.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews

Peaceful getaway

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful getaway on the Suwannee. Always a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne FL.

What a fantastic place, we loved all the comfort of you home, we will definitely be back next year!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, you almost think your back in time. Definitely will be coming back next year

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful property that has everything you could possibly need to enjoy your stay.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay in this beautifully decorated home located right off the river. It was equipped with anything you would need to enjoy your stay. The house instructions answered any questions you would have thought of. We will most likely be coming back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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PERFECT Summer Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best two weeks and this was the perfect location for it all. The amenities offered were way beyond our expectations! From the well stocked supplies to the canoes and equipment for our use, everything was thought of and ready when we checked in. Karen and Kendall were very gracious and always available when we had questions. The property is very private and yet just minutes from the necessities. We would love to stay here again in the future and hope we get the opportunity to do so. Thank you so much for the wonderful vacation spot!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful country retreat

  • 4 of 5

Lovely home with all amenities and comfort expected. Only issue was access to the dock. We selected the site because of availability of fishing, purchased our licenses ahead of time, and then we're sadly disappointed. The 1x10 makeshift ramp to the dock was unacceptable and frankly a poor workaround.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have a floating dock off our riverfront. We access it with a very sturdy 2" X 12" that is secured to our stairway. The Suwannee River is in constant flux with the rise and fall of water levels. As the water gets higher it does make it more challenging to get to the dock. We understand that not everyone is comfortable walking a plank. This is a point well taken and we will gladly address this issue and make a wider walkway. Thank you for your input.
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Perfect place on the river

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to celebrate our daughter's 14th birthday! The "cabin" was amazing! We were a little nervous driving out to it because it is in a very remote area off of several dirt roads and we were arriving at night ~ once we arrived at the house, we were pleasantly surprised ~ it exceeded all of our expectations! There were 3 canoes available; we didn't use them because the river seemed to be flowing pretty quickly and we didn't trust our own skill to paddle against the current to get back, but all 3 canoes seemed to be in good condition. The downstairs area was a hit ~ there is a pool table and we really enjoyed playing foosball. We went fishing off of the floating dock (which is a little tricky to get out to with the board you have to cross, but my daughter and I were able to do it :) ~ the firepit by the riverside was nice, as was the porch swing ~ we were able to watch some boats cruise by early in the morning ~ and watching the sunset from the dock was beautiful. We loved that the cabin is very open concept ~ and all the amenities of home (and then some!) we're provided. My daughter loved seeing all the small trinkets around the house ~ the moving wooden man by the fireplace, turtle skull, and especially the "old timey" lava lamp as she called it :) ~ The house was convenient to many springs that we visited during the day ~ we were even able to swim with manatees in a nearby town! Her birthday was PERFECT. Karen was very friendly and prompt in her responses. Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of paradise with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Great Outdoors Restaurant
Blue Springs Park Inc
High Springs
Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.6 Miles
Ellie Ray's River Landing
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 27
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Gathering

Located down a winding dirt road 10 mins. from Branford, FL., the 'Cave-Diving Capital of the World'. This home sits on 4.5 acres with 200' of Suwannee riverfront making it a nature lovers delight. Take walks along the country roads. Bring your bikes and ride down the rails-to-trails which is just 5 mins. away. There are 3 canoes available to launch off the bank. You may also bring your own boat and tie it off to our floating dock. The nearest boat launch is just 4 miles away. The Ichetucknee River is 15 mins. away. Go tubing down its run and experience the beauty of these crystal clear waters that have a year round temp. of 72 degrees. High Springs and Alachua are 30-40 mins. away. Antique buffs will enjoy the many shops, the dining, and the quaint charm of these towns. The Univ. of FL is an hour away. Tallahassee- 1.5 hrs. Jacksonville- 2 hrs. Orlando- 2.5 hrs.


Rates & Availability

Suwannee River House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

Mid-week rates (Sun. - Thurs.) $135.00/night
Weekend rates (Fri., Sat., and Holidays) 225.00/night

2 night minimum, 3 night minimum for Holidays

Weekly rates $ 950.00
Monthly rates 2500.00

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North Central Florida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1665 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs basement bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • A queen sized air mattress and a Pack and Play for infants and toddlers is available.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Dish satellite with Sirius music is available. Small VHS library for children. Internet access.

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