|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Our rustic-style cabin is set on a beautifully treed double lot with the Steinhatchee River its main attraction. Upstairs balcony is built right over the river, for enjoyable views of the river, along with the conservation area across from the home, which makes for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
Bring a small fishing boat, kayak or canoe, or rent one from the many marinas in the area, and spend some hours on the Steinhatchee River. Upstream is Steinhatchee Falls, a historic sight, and downstream is the Gulf of Mexico, known for its off-shore fishing and scalloping. We are located on the upper section of the river, where small boats are fine, but it is not deep water all the way to the Gulf.
We call our cabin 'The Riverfront Rustic'. It has solid wood walls and flooring, plain wood furniture, a great bar area with bar stools. It sits on the most lovely wooded lot overlooking the river. It is not fancy or elegant, just plain and simple with ordinary but comfortable furnishings. It is a old cabin, nothing fancy at all, but has all the basics.
'Old Florida' Getaway!: The entire setting reminds one of 'Old Florida'. The lot is a located on a dead-end road, several miles from town. With no-thru traffic, you have the peace and quiet of nature. The cabin used to be an old hunting camp, so it has several kennels located on the property. And it is up on stilts, so under the cabin is a concrete pad great for grilling, relaxing, sitting and looking at the River. Great spot for getting away from the hectic grind of regular life!
The cabin set-up: The cabin has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and the other with double-double bunks (kids can use the top, but adults not so good). Living room has a fireplace, and LOTS of windows viewing the River. Across the River is a nature conservation, with lots of wildlife--deer, wild pigs, turkeys, owls, eagles, etc. Also the River is full of life--otters, manatees have been scene, as well as a great spot for fishing.
The cabin is fully furnished, with all kitchen equipment and utensils, linens and bedding. Nothing fancy, just plain simple accommodations.
Location - Location - Location: Cabin located off Highway 51, down dead-end dirt road, which is perfect for a quiet and peaceful vacation. There is a small camp located on the property next to ours, but it is vacant about 95% of the time.
Main features of the cabin are the fireplaces. One fireplace upstairs in the living room, for an enjoyable and cozy evening. A second fireplace is downstairs in the large concrete area open to outdoors, great for cooking marshmallows and watching the wildlife and River.
Our little cabin is old, but our family loves the peace and quiet and nature of this area. If you don’t mind an old rustic cabin, and want some quiet time in the woods, this might be what you are looking for.
Please read my description of our property closely, as I try to describe it exactly as it is so people can decide if this is the right vacation cabin for them. We are a cabin in the woods in Florida, so be prepared for nature up close--including, unfortunately, bugs and creepy crawlers. We try our best to keep everything out of the cabin, but sometimes they come in :/.
Also, we are not deep water all the way to the Gulf. We are about 4-5 miles up river. Kayaks, canoes, and small fishing boats are great!
Larger boats need to dock in town to have close access to the Gulf. The marinas in town are clean, and safe and secure places to dock your boat, and much closer to the Gulf for getting out on the water faster for more Fun in the Sun!!
The River is regulated by the tides and it is not guaranteed a boat can make it to the cabin in low tides. And also the River can flood over the banks. It is rare but it does happen during periods of intense rain that falls in a short period of time. If flooding happens, the road may be impassible, and if this happens I do refund, reschedule or work with you on the reservation.
We are the Mousadi Family - there are 5 of us, and we love the Steinhatchee 'Old Florida' area. This is our get-a-way cabin on the River. We bring our kayaks and spend a lot of time on the water. We also bring our boat, and dock it at River Haven Marina where we are minutes from the Gulf of Mexico for scalloping, snorkeling, fishing and enjoying the water!
We have a nice 'family friendly' cabin that we hope you will enjoy, too!
Bethany Mousadi, Owner/Manager purchased this cabin in 2004
This 'cabin in the woods' is our favorite choice for a family vacation. The kids can run and play in the big yard, ride bikes up and down the dead-end road, kayak on the water. We can enjoy the BBQ grill and the fireplace, roasting marshmellows in the evenings. We love the peace and quiet of the area, the wildlife, and the water.
The location was fantastic; it's hard to find a place these days with so much tranquility. Sitting by the river in the evenings, it was wonderful to not hear cars, boats, planes, people or a background hum. There is a house to the left with no trees in between, and I was concerned that we wouldn't have privacy, but the back of the house was very private and the people living there were very quiet.
The owner was fabulous to work with; she responded quickly to all questions and was very flexible. Her rental description was very detailed and let us know exactly what to expect; nothing misleading like so many I've seen. The main photo, however, is at least 10 years old, and we were a little concerned at first because it now looks more decrepit than the picture. But the inside is very comfortable and the downstairs outside fireplace is fabulous! S'mores every night.
I enjoyed kayaking this beautiful river, but even a small motor boat could not make it to/from the Gulf unless the tide is very high, so be aware. That makes for a lot less noise, though and this part of the river is much more private and natural than down by the marina and Gulf.
I took off one star because of the sulfur water. That's not unusual in "Old Florida"; we knew what to expect and came prepared with our own water for coffee and drinking, but sometimes the sulfur smell was a little overpowering. An aerator should easily fix that. We also found that the queen bed was more comfortable for a single person than two, but the owner has graciously agreed to correct that, so that we can come again. And we will come again as soon as we have a chance! What a great place this is.
Enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the river roll by. Loved the tranquility and beautiful scenery.
The house is exactly like it was discribed little old and rustic. Cleaned and neat, coffee maker did not work but that's no big deal. Great place to stay with buddies when we come down to fish.
We found the property to be VERY well kept, VERY well equipped, VERY quiet, VERY comfortable, and most of all, VERY enjoyable. If you want peace and quiet and don't mind a 5 minute run to/from the town of Steinhatchee, this is the perfect place. The downstairs open area worked out great for grilling with the not-so-perfect weather we had on one of the days during our stay. There's plenty of room for chairs and you can just hose everything off when you are done! Not to mention its great for coolers, & snorkel/dive/fishing gear since it's covered. The number of stars we saw each night from the back porch was unreal. We'll definitely be returning!
This cabin was perfect for our family vacation and first trip to Steinhatchee. We loved the location and rural setting for canoeing and kayaking. The trip from Steinhatchee Falls to the cabin is a great short trip, about 1-1.5 hours and heavily wooded most of the way. We saw deer and turkey on the trip and crossing the road to the cabin in the evenings. The kids caught catfish from the dock while we watched from the upper deck. Fanning and Manatee Springs are only 30 and 45 minutes away and provide excellent swimming and paddling opportunities also.
The cabin is clean, well stocked and has all the essentials. Bring your own water if you're opposed to well water. Absolutely no complaints and we will stay there again soon hopefully.
The term the owner uses to describe this property is "rustic". "Rundown" would be a better choice of words. There were numerous problems that we encountered with this property that could easily be fixed but there doesn't seem to be much attention paid to this property by the owner. In fact, on the day of check in, we had to call the owner because the property hadn't been cleaned by the check in time. The owner didn't even know who we were and asked what property we were renting. Issues abound. The front screen door has no handle so it can't be closed. The sliding doors don't have locks and are "secured" by a piece of wood at the base. In the kitchen, the cabinet doors don't close because the clasps or magnets have simply worn out or fallen off. One had to be careful not to bang their heads while cooking. My favorite malfunction was in the bathroom where a note tells you how to flush the toilet and hold the handle in such a way that the tank can refill. That didn't work every time so I found myself ( on my vacation) taking off the toilet tank lid and pushing the flapper down so that the tank would refill. Only two Adirondack chairs (one is broken) are on the premises so if you have more than two guests, you need to bring your own chairs. The mattresses seem to be from World War II; very creaky and uncomfortable. The owner requests that you adjust the thermostat to 80 degrees before you leave the property. That's quite okay, if you can get to the thermostat. But it is located behind the breakfast bar where bar stools block your way to the thermostat. Obviously, we won't be staying here again. There are too many other choices in Steinhatchee.
1 hour from Gainesville
About 2 hours from Ocala
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Scalloping (during season; July 1 - Sept. 10)
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£80|
|Cleaning Fee||£36 + Tax|
Not all fees apply -- please inquire as to an custom quote for your group.
For reservations over 30 days, an additional security deposit will apply.
Guests can choose to purchase Damage Insurance for $59 (non-refundable) instead of a refundable security deposit. Please ask.
Rates subject to change until reservation is secured/confirmed.
Cleaning fee required. Security deposit or damage insurance required.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.