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Private Cottages in Historic District

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Key Lime Cottage a historic cottage, built in 1927 and is located in Gainesville's Bed and Breakfast District with other small cottages in the complex. Key Lime Cottage has 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths. One bedroom, which is off the kitchen has a queen size bed and private bath with tiled shower. The other bedrooms have a queen size bed in one bedroom and two twin beds in the 3rd bedroom. These two bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom with a claw foot tub and stand up shower.

Key Lime Cottage is fenced in and is pet and children friendly with approval. Pet rules will apply and a small pet fee will be added to your reservation.

Key Lime Cottage is just a 6 minute walk into downtown and 2 miles east of the University of Florida. Either coast is less that 1 hour drive and 2 hours North of Orlando. Less than 30 minutes north are many clear water springs where you can swim, canoe, scuba dive, snorkel or just tube down a lazy river.

Gainesville is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and theme parks and enjoy the 'real' Florida. The owners live within the complex and are happy to assist you with your exploration.

Prices may be higher during event weekends. There is a 5-7 day minimum stay for the vacation rental price.

Keywords: Cottage, Bungalow, Historic, Pet friendly

More Details

Cindy Montalto
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2017

About Cindy Montalto

Joe grew up in Florida and Cindy grew up in Ohio. They met on a blind date when they were 16 years old and after a very long distance relationship, married 6 years later while Joe was finishing up a degree in engineering at the University of Florida. They moved to Texas, then back to Florida and eventually, back to Gainesville in 1991. They bought their 5400 sq. foot mansion in 1991 with the dream of opening Gainesville's first Bed and Breakfast Inn. Since then, they began collecting the older homes surrounding the main house and restoring them into the Magnolia Plantation Cottages. Joe continues to operate his engineering office from the 3rd floor of their home and Cindy runs the Inn. Seeing that they needed to find a way to continue running their Inn and still have some life, they built a vacation home in Big Canoe, Georgia and manage to run away every 5-6 weeks for some much needed down time. When they are running the Inn in Gainesville, they rent their Big Canoe property out to others who need to run away from home.

Cindy Montalto purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Cindy Montalto chose Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Joe attended school at the University of Florida and they always came back to Gainesville for football weekends. In fact they have only missed one home football game since 1982. So coming back to Gainesville was a natural step when they were looking for a home to restore and open as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. The vacation rentals have come about quite by accident when we started getting calls from people in the frozen north looking for some warmth. We have 7 cottages and there are usually a few empty so we thought we would put the idea out there for people looking for a more quiet, laid back vacation or people who were moving to town and needed a place for a few months but did not want to sign a lease.

What makes this cottage unique

The safety and security of knowing that the owners live on site but understand the need for privacy. Walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Since this is also a bed and breakfast, you will not find the 'rental' furniture you might find in some other vacation rentals. Much of our furniture are antiques and the linens are high quality.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gainesville in Alachua County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Computer Available
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2)Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Private Cottages in Historic District
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Perfect vacation home with great amenities included.

  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable and charming. If you're headed to Gainesville the location can't be beat.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Totally unexpected - exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I have never felt compelled to write a review, first time actually, but had to after staying at this cottage. It was absolutely perfect! We had a group of four, my daughter who will be a freshman at UoF, myself, my mother, and my 98 year old grandmother - oh - an our very well behaved yellow lab! It was just adorable - the beds were very comfortable, the rooms were spacious, the front and back porch were great for an evening drink, and location was perfect - 5 minute drive from the University - just a wonderful stay! The grounds were so inviting - fountains, large shade trees, wonderful neighborhood to walk the dog. We will stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
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We are located in the Historic Bed and Breakfast District and within walking distance of Downtown Gainesville's Entertainment District. The rental is 1.5 miles east of the University of Florida and less than 1 hour from the east or west coast of Florida. Three night minimum required for Vacation Rental and a five night minimum over Event weekends.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gainesville, Florida

Rental Basis:
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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £19.42

Based on double occupancy. Additional $25.00 per person per night.
Pets are welcome with a 1 time $50.00 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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