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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

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:
April 8, 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! 4.6/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Old Florida Sunsets Delights at Lake House retreat with spectacular beach & dock
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 17 reviews
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
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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
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5

Home away from home.....again and again....

  • 5 of 5

This is my third visit to Luis' ultra charming 'cottage by the water' and I find it more and more difficult to leave every time. The home is 'old florida' through and through with a lovely view of the lake through jalousie windows which just add to it's southern charm. Plenty of space in the home to wander around barefoot and sip coffee/espresso made by the available machines in the well-appointed kitchen while getting ready to head to the dock. A real record player (that I continue to add albums to the collection every visit) is available to provide music for dancing in the moonlit living room. Awesome TV and great sofas (that can be used as extra beds too) to watch the Gator games! My always favorite thing to do is to lay in the hammock under the moss laden live oaks to watch the squirrels frolic above (couldn't find it this year, but there's always next!). Sitting at the end of the gorgeous dock by the water in the provided adirondack chairs is so very peaceful...it is a MUST experience for all the different faces Lake Santa Fe has to offer...at all times of day and all times of year. The sunsets and sunrises are breathtaking. This was my first experience staying during a cold snap in December and found the home to be very warm and cozy....blankets were available for wrapping up so we didn't miss any time by the water...I always take daily walks up and down the nearby (but not too nearby) road to gaze at all the other lake properties and dream of owning one some day. Groceries and shopping are all nearby in the quaint town of Melrose and I always stop in to see the Chiappini family at their corner gas station that's been around for eons...there is live music there on lot's of weekends. The Blue Water Bay restaurant is known for it's wonderful food, spirited bar and especially for it's Mango dressing...if they happen to have their Tres Leches Key Lime cake it's a must! We often get our order to go and take it back to the house, pour a couple of glasses of very good wine and head down to the dock to eat/watch the sunset. If you're looking for a place that is clean, spacious, very well appointed, off the beaten path, and truly a respite from a crazy busy life, this is it. I leave a piece of my soul here each and every visit. The owner Luis, is always just an email away (thanks to the great Wi-Fi), willing to help with anything you need. Luis, I can never thank you enough for sharing this wonderful home...you know I will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 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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