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Old Florida Sunsets Delights at Lake House retreat with spectacular beach & dock

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning

Overview

About the property

3 Bed rooms 2 baths, sleeps 6 -1 queen, 2 doubles, 1 single, & 2 sofa beds in LR

Charming Lake Front recently upgraded old Florida cottage with an spectacular redesign dock. Sandy white beach next to cypress and magnolias. Launch your boat or canoe for excursions on 6,000 acres Santa Fe Lake. Or just sit at the end of the dock for breathtaking sunsets.

Near the quaint towns of Melrose and Keystone Heights. Santa Fe Lake is a 6,000 acres fresh water paradise.

Enjoy boating, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, or simply sipping sundowners by the waters edge. 25 minutes away from Gainesville, Fl. Home to the University of Florida. Historic town of St. Augustine and its beaches are only 45 miles away. Grocery and convenience stores less than a mile away. Enjoy few of the local restaurants and antique shops or day cruise to many other nearby attractions. One acre property with a gated entrance for additional privacy.

More Details

Owner
Luis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

Amenities

Melrose Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , off the master
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • There are two sofa beds in Living Room
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Old Florida Sunsets Delights at Lake House retreat with spectacular beach & dock
average rating of 4.5 based on 18 reviews
3

Lovely lake property, but needs a thorough cleaning

  • 3 of 5

We spent March and most of April here. My first impression of the house was that it wasn't clean. The bed in the master looked like someone had gotten out of it and just pulled the comforter over the top. When I contacted Luis, he assured me his cleaner had cleaned prior to our arrival. But, that made me uncomfortable as to what else was not cleaned. I washed the bedding right off.

The house needs a thorough cleaning. The futons and pillows in the tv room are dirty and smell musty. There are dead bugs and filth on the window sills and behind the furniture. The kitchen cabinets need a thorough cleaning as well. The blinds at some of the windows are falling apart.

The well water smells and tastes awful. We had to buy all of our consumable water. Also, when doing laundry, clothes came out discolored. If staying here for only a few days, this wouldn't be an issue, but is when staying for several weeks.

All of this being said, the property is lovely. It is quiet and peaceful, and we enjoyed all the birds. The screened porch and front porch are the best features of the house. But, it would be nice if all the stuff on the front porch was stored away.

We have rented houses in Florida for 15 years, and this is only the second time we have had to stay in a property that was so unkempt. I encourage Luis to do a major cleaning before continuing to advertise this house. There isn't anything he can do about the well water, but there is a lot he can do about the condition of the house.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have hired a new cleaning person since this last incident. The cottage is our personal HomeAway for my family and it is stage the way we like to use it when we are there. The porch in question has all the water toys, life jackets, fishing poles and such that we leave there to share with other guest. The home was built in the 50's and it has a long section of jalousie windows which needs to be clean constantly because they allow bugs to get between the glass and the inside screen. We stated in the rules and info of the cottage the issue about the well water. As we stay there, the water is ok for bathing, general cleaning and laundry but tenants should bring their on drinking water and ice. It is part of our aquifer where there is more iron oxide in the water and it can affect the smell and taste of the water. It can also affect the color of delicates and general laundry. Since we purchase this vacation cottage we continue very year to remodel sections of the home. The jalousie windows and the well are on the list of redo's for this 60+ year old lake cottage. We hope to get to them this year.
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Jacksonville Beach, FL USA
5

Perfect lake adventure

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week and all the comforts of home plus! Everything you would need for a relaxing time on a beautiful lake. The access to the water from the dock or the beach made it so easy to kayak or just splash around. Fishing was an extra added treat.

We will definitely plan to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coral Springs, FL
3

Lovely Lakeside set-up

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at this property for a little over 2 weeks after having surgery at Shands and needing a place nearby to recover. The house is in a nice, quiet little town and is on a beautiful lake. For recovery, you could not ask for a better, more tranquil location and we really enjoyed it a lot.

The house has everything you would need to make it comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need to make and serve meals and we were all comfortable there (2 couples).

The only reason I give it 3 stars is that it could use a professional cleaning. We cleaned up after we left but there are things that need the attention of a professional cleaner such as the window sills in the family room. A guest should not be expected to clean things like that. Also, the pillows in the family room are way past their prime and taking on a musty smell, throw them out and replace with indoor/outdoor pillows that will hold up better in a damp environment.

That being said, we would definitely recommend this house and would stay there again ourselves. You really can't beat the tranquility and the lakeside setting. We were also treated to two red tailed hawks each day in the front yard in additional to other birds. It was definitely a treat to see the hawks.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

A cozy cabin with great views

  • 4 of 5

The place has a wonderful dock with table, umbrella and chairs. There were kayaks and a paddle board, but we didn't use them. The water in the cabin has an odor. Make sure to brink drinking water. The cabin is rustic, but is fine. Plenty of screened in and outdoor space

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Quiet and Peacefull

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at this house for 2 weeks and found the place to be adequate, very nice location and very quite area. The house is a little old and well worn but not too bad, depending on your expectations. One bathroom is actually accessed from the front porch and is a little chilly at times. The house is well stocked and all the appliances worked fine, a/c and heat worked good. Good place for kids and pets.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

A great weekend escape, the lake and dock provide lots of outdoor entertainment

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is well stocked and has plenty of kitchen supplies. A perfect place to relax for a few days.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Gainesville Regional Aiport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Chipini's
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
S.R. 26 and CR 21
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Blue Water Bay
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
St Augustine Beach

Near the quaint towns of Melrose and Keystone Heights. Santa Fe Lake is a 6,000 acres fresh water paradise.

Enjoy boating, water skying, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, swimming, or simply sipping sundowners by the waters edge. 25 minutes away from Gainesville, Fl. Home to the University of Florida. Historic town of St. Augustine and its beaches are only 45 miles away. Grocery and convenience stores less than a mile away. Enjoy few of the local restaurants and antique shops or day cruise to many other nearby attractions. One acre property with a gated entrance for additional privacy.

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Rates & Availability

Melrose Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring-Summer 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
$186
$1,300
$4,800
 
 
Fall-Winter 2017
Oct 21 2017 - Mar 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
$130
$900
$3,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$186
$1,300
$4,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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