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Get away and relax on Lake Santa Fe

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private Rooms in water front home on big Lake Santa Fe

Looking for an affordable alternative and a chance to meet new people? We offer accommodations for up to 4 to come stay with us in our private lake-front home on beautiful Lake Santa Fe. Open to travelers just passing through or looking for a relaxing getaway accommodations include: 2 private bedrooms each situated with a pillow top queen size bed & wireless internet, 1 private bathroom, and shared living space throughout the rest of the property.

In the living area, enjoy a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living room with plenty of seating for comfortable lounging while watching the game or a movie (via Netflix or Blu-ray disc) on a big screen television. A large screen room overlooking the back yard, provides a perfect setting for enjoying your morning coffee while watching the wildlife awaken. A built in gas grill can also be found on the screen porch, providing easy access rain or shine, for all of you grill masters out there. On those rainy afternoons, make your way to the attached game room which includes a wet bar, full size pool table, and an assortment of games or puzzles to choose from as well as its own big screen television.

Step out of the screen room onto the back porch and into the yard where you can play your favorite lawn games or continue on down to the water and enjoy the private dock and beach area which provide ample room for swimming, boating or just relaxing in the sun.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Karen

Hello, we are the Ward family and (along with our very friendly Dachshund/Jack Russel named Lucky) will be your host during your stay at the Lake House. We are proud parents of three wonderful boys and now that they are no longer living at home, we have decided to share our home so that others can enjoy its charm as we do. We are an easy going family and love the simple things in life; family, friends, music, and meeting new people. So, come stay with us on the lake and I know you will have a spectacular vacation here in Melrose, FL.

What makes this house unique

The property sits on the east side of one of the largest lakes in Florida with breath taking sunsets year round. Quoted by world renowned biologist, Tom Morris to be 'the Queen of Florida lakes'; Lake Santa Fe is a 5,850-acre (2,370 ha) spring-fed lake that offers abundant wildlife, excellent fishing and recreational boating with two public boat ramps only minutes away. Our guests enjoy the serenity of a quiet getaway with all the necessary conveniences only a short drive away.


Melrose House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Game room - toilet , Go Gators!
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , and double sinks, located between the two bedrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Get away and relax on Lake Santa Fe
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Great lake house near Gainesville!

  • 5 of 5

This house is big, spacious and is on a great setting by Santa Fe lake. There is a game room with full size pool table, TV and bar as well as a large and open family room with TV. The kitchen was fully equipped and had a good layout and everything in the house was clean and in great shape. There is a dock on Santa Fe Lake - we did not take advantage of fishing or boating but seems like a good lake for such activities. Melrose itself is a neat little town with a great seafood restaurant (all you can eat seafood buffet on Friday and Saturday). The owner Karen was very responsive and helpful. All in all, just a great place to stay in the Gainesville area - we went over for the football game on Saturday and it was an easy 20 minute or so drive over. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Nice quiet and peaceful. We will definitely only stay here if available next trip. Nice and awesome place guys. If you looking for a great place to feel home away from home this is definitely the spot.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good retreat location

  • 4 of 5

I recently returned from staying here with two friends for the weekend. Overall, the property fulfilled our desire for a weekend retreat beautifully. There was plenty of space, the kitchen was well-equipped for cooking meals, and everything was in working order. The location on the lake gave us great sunset views and access for boating/swimming. I will also say that Karen was an extremely responsive host and a pleasure to coordinate with. She responded quickly to questions and provided flexibility when needed re: check in/check out times.

There were just a couple of issues that would be good for travelers to know ahead of time:

1.) The mattresses on the guest room beds are pretty hard and somewhat worn. This was not a problem for me, but was a problem for someone else in our group. Any sensitive sleepers should either plan to stay in the master bedroom or bring additional items for more comfort.

2.) This place is surrounded by nature - there will be insects. There were several insects found in one of the bedrooms, even though the house overall was clean and well-maintained. The dock also had a number of large spider webs when we used it. Again, this did not significantly impact our experience but could be an issue for some.

Overall, I am glad we chose this location and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, Thank you so much for the review, we are very pleased that you and your friends enjoyed your weekend retreat. It happens to be very timely that you mention the condition of the beds, of course we have put an extra foam mattress on the one bed as it is an extra firm mattress (purchased for family members that needed it for health reasons) and the other is indeed an older mattress set. They are actually both scheduled to be replaced within the month with much newer pillow-top mattresses. As you mentioned, we are surrounded by the nature of Florida with creatures of all kinds. We do try to minimize the nesting of spiders on the dock and eliminate the presence of bugs within the house, that is an ongoing battle we will continue to fight for our guests. All my best, Karen
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Great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, spacious home! Our family loved this lake house and had a great stay. The open floor concept was perfect for a large family. The kitchen was well stocked and had everything we needed. The game room with pool table and ping pong was enjoyed by all. The sunsets were amazing on the dock and the family had fun catching fish on the dock. The sandy beach area was great for the little ones to splash around in. A public boat ramp is located within a couple miles and there are grocery stores within a few miles. The owner was prompt in responding to emails and was very accommodating. We would definitely recommend this home to others and plan to come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alachua, FL

Very modern, spacious, well appointed and maintained vacation rental home.

  • 4 of 5

Nice, large house for this area and very accommodating owners (willingness to accept additional "special" requests). Would have given five stars if not for the condition of the deck (walking underneath a maze of spider webs was a bit nerve wracking) and lack of small (but essential) equipment/accessories to tie up boat (no cleats or bumpering to protect from rough waters on this side of the lake). Overall a most enjoyable couple of days with the family in this rental!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing sunsets!!!!

  • 4 of 5

Nice sized home on a beautiful piece of property. Amazing sunsets with skiable lake. Boat ramp within a couple miles and a large dock (a few dock cleats would be nice). Grocery stores within a few miles. We had an awesome time! Our stay was a pinch short of perfect...just need some new beds and linens.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Gainesville Regional (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
2.6 Miles
Blue Water Bay Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Keystone Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
32 Miles
Amtrak Station - PAK
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Sid Martin Highway 301
Nearest Restaurant
2.2 Miles
Melrose Cafe
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Saint Augustine
Car: necessary

Check out Tom's High on the Hog Real Pit BBQ, Inc.

includes a Miniature Golf course and other family friendly activities

7154 SE CR 21 B

Keystone Heights, Florida

(352) 473-9873


Rates & Availability

Melrose House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $40
Cleaning fee $60

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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