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Historic Downtown Gainesville- Walk to Restaurants, Bars, and Campus

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday home in Duckpond - Downtown Bungalow

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Great for families, and nothing but rave reviews from all guests!

Visiting Gainesville for UF sports, graduation, Shands, or sightseeing? We have the perfect place for you. Come back and relax after your event- or watch your event from the flat-screen TVs in the living room and bedroom. The house is newly renovated as of the summer of 2011 (it's 775 SF heated/ cooled).

You can walk to downtown bars and restaurants. We are also just a 10 minutes drive from La Chua Trail (a Florida State Park) where you are guaranteed to see 1 to 100 alligators.

We are also just 2 miles from UF campus, the Swamp, and the O'Connell Center.

The owners live next door to the house, and can be easily reached via phone and e-mail.

Also, please note that the 'convertible bed' is a queen sized blow-up mattress (with linens and pillows provided) and can be placed in the living room/ couch area. Pack-n- plays can fit in the bedroom.

Also, for extra safety we have an alarm system installed in the house which can be activated by guests.

*Prices may vary for event weekends (football, graduation, Gatornationals...).

Keywords: Walk to downtown Gainesville, sleeps 4, Gator game weekends, downtown Gainesville, quaint, cozy, fire place

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Susannah Peddie
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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About Susannah Peddie

Brian and Susannah are both Florida natives. They have lived in Gainesville since 2002 and know the area quite well. Susannah is an avid nature photographer and full-time manager of her 19 short-term rental properties in Gainesville.

Susannah Peddie purchased this house in 2008

Why Susannah Peddie chose Gainesville

Managing my short-term properties is my full-time job (not a side job)- I have 19 vacation/corporate housing/ short-term rental properties and have full-time staff to help me, which means that you will always be taken care of. I live within 10 minutes of all of my properties (and in the case of the bungalow, 10 seconds) so am easily accessible.

What makes this house unique

Downtown living is fantastic! We love being able to talk to all of the local, delicious restaurants.


based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

Historic Downtown Gainesville- Walk to Restaurants, Bars, and Campus
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Gator Family

  • 5 of 5

We came up for the homecoming weekend and it was the first time we have stayed at a VRBO. The property was absolutely adorable and comfortable. The photos are only a small example of the warmth of the cottage. Enjoyed a cup of coffee every morning in the adjacent courtyard and was extremely please. The owner was very accommodating and we look forward to coming back and staying.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay-5 star in every way!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Because of our changing circumstances, we stayed in six of Susannah's properties over A period of 2 1/2 weeks-1 1/2 weeks longer than our original booking. All of them were fantastic, well-maintained, clean, well-stocked, and they accommodated all of our needs. The most incredible thing is Susannah's hospitality, generosity, and attitude, she bends over backwards to make sure your stay is five star! In our case 5 stars are totally inadequate to express the kindness and service she extended to us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mary Poppins ~ Practically perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house in a wonderful neighborhood! Perfect for a couple. Quiet and private. Nice backyard for relaxing outside. We did not walk to restaurants, etc. so can not attest to that. But we will attest to the description of the property and the availability of the owner. (We did not have occasion to call her.) Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Renting a property sight unseen was a bit intimidating for us. We were so pleased when we pulled in the driveway of our Florida vacation home. It was nicely decorated and well cared for. We were very comfortable there and loved the neighborhood. Susannah was very responsive and generous to us.

We definitely would stay there again if we return to the Gainesville area.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gainesville, FL

Great stay in historic neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

This rental was a great find in the Duckpond neighborhood in Gainesville. It is located close to downtown to access all the neat locations, but far enough away to avoid the noise and cluster. The house is cozy, but not small. Everything seems to be in perfect flow inside the house with all the amenities included: welcoming living room to relax in, intimate dining room to enjoy a meal, comfy and spacious bedroom to feel comfortable, even the bathroom was a great. I did not use the kitchen that much, but it is more that sufficient to make a full dinner meal. The inclusion of the washer and dryer is a great luxury for longer term stays.

As a personal aside, the owner went above and beyond in helping find this rental. I really appreciated the concern for me as a guest and the quickness and thoroughness with which any concerns I had were assuaged.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Cute, comfortable, charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this very charming cottage in order to visit our daughter who is a graduate student at UF. The cottage was located in a quiet and quaint neighborhood, had a very comfortable king-size bed, two flat screen TVs, and was beautifully decorated with photos taken by Susannah. I cooked a complete Thanksgiving dinner for our daughter and some of her classmates. I set out a buffet in the dining room and everyone ate in the living room. We had plenty of space for seven people to eat and watch football. The cottage was already rented for the UF/FSU game that weekend, so Susannah moved us into one of her condos on Friday. She graciously arranged to have the condo ready for us by noon so we did not have to wait until 4 p.m. to move in. The condo was very modern and comfortable. I definitely would stay in either place again. Thanks, Susannah, for enabling us to have a wonderful holiday with our daughter!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Gainesville, FL
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Duckpond, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
27 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
So. Carolina v UF
11 Nov 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Presbyterian v UF
18 Nov 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £41
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed. Football weekends, special event weekends (i.e. UF graduation weekends) are $600/ weekend. Thank you.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Duckpond in Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Towels provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Queen sized blow-up bed which fits in the living room area.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • tennis
The home is located in the beautiful historic district. Within 2 blocks are the beautiful Thomas Center, the Duck pond, a large park with playground features, and much more.

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