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Hawthorne-Blue Lake Cottage - Lakefront,Includes Kayaks,Canoe,Peddleboat,Jonboat

People6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,040 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

(PLEASE NOTE: I will be away during 3/24/18-3/31/18 and will not have phone/internet service, most likely. Please inquire on 3/31/18 or after to avoid your request expiring. Thank you.) 'CASA PAPARADISO', a waterfront property, sits high on almost 2 acres. Available year round. It is an exceptionally clean home with satillo tile floors downstairs, and solid oak floors upstairs. Twelve feet of french doors face the lake for a beautiful view, and the first floor has a 9 ft ceiling. This 1040 sq ft cottage is secluded and comes fully furnished. Kitchen has stainless appliances and black marble tiled countertops and bar, with 4 bar stools. Plantation shutters cover the windows. Very comfortable plush king bed upstairs. Master bath has travertine floor, and a large walk in tiled shower with dark emperador marble. Beautiful Tiffany-style lighting over the bar and over the sink as well as a chandelier over the dining table adds to the ambiance. Open living area on first floor which includes a sofa bed, washer and dryer, and small desk. Facing lake, has a beautiful screened & covered pergola over patio with a beautiful and comfy swingbed. Flat screen HDTV DVR with satellite on first floor and TV with satellite DVR connection and DVD player in bedroom. Satellite internet for wifi throughout cottage. Vaulted ceiling in stairway with solid oak stairs. Hookup for motor home, extra charge (inquire). The lake is crystal clear spring fed and is good for swimming, fishing, canoeing and Kayaking. Unlike some lakes in the North Central FL area, this lake is at normal/average water level, and averages as much as 25+ ft deep. (Please note that after hurricanes, lake may be above normal level possibly affecting dock being covered with some water) Please, no gas motors in order to preserve the lake pristine. I receive many compliments on how the cottage is 'just like home' being very well appointed with furnishings that are consistent with home and is not only clean, but smells clean. The cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest. The cottage comes equipped with 3 kayaks, 2 canoes, jon boat, and large 4 seater pontoon style peddle boat, and two newer bikes and several used bicycles. Lakeside near waters edge is a10x10 screened gazebo, and there is a firepit near the water as well with lawn chairs as well as 2 very nice cushioned lounge chairs. There is a dock that is approximately 130 ft. The beachfront does have some aquatic plants in the water that are weeded bi-monthly in the summer months.

Community Information

This lake is situated in a community of 3 lakes. The lake properties are heavily wooded and mostly secluded. It is a 'golf cart community' and ideal for riding bicycles or walking/jogging. There are a number of wild animals and birds in the area, and seeing eagles fishing in the lakes is a common sight. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, swallow-tailed kite birds, and turkeys are abundant, deer, sand hill cranes, and fox are all seen in the community. Looking out the window above the kitchen sink and surrounding the front entrance, is a beautiful English butterfly garden, which also attracts hummingbirds.

Thirty-five minutes from the University of Florida.

Reserve early for the UF Gator football home games or graduations in Gainesville, FL . It is sure to be an exciting season! Go Gators! Or, whichever team you are a fan of!

Close to Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Camp Shands, Camp Kateri, and many other summer camps near Hawthorne.

Cyclists: The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike Trail (Rails to Trails) is located a short 8 miles from the cottage in Hawthorne.

Walking: The 3 lake community is great for walking or jogging. Another location for walking/hiking is the newly opened Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve. The bike trail will eventually border this wonderful preserve that has beautiful old live oaks. It will be available for various events such as weddings and family reunions.

Motorcycle Enthusiasts: The Starke FL area has several biker venues that are attracting a number of bikers and events. It is located approximately 40 minutes away.

Divers: The North Central Florida area has world renowned springs, which are great for diving, snorkeling and swimming. Some of them are within an hour's drive.

Nearby Areas of Interest and Attractions:

35 minutes to Gainesville (University of Florida, restaurants, theaters, shopping and Shands Hospital at UF)

10 minutes to Hawthorne (grocery store/post office/gas, bank, thrift shops, and bike trail)

15 minutes to Hawthorne (Dialysis)

45 minutes to the Gainesville Raceway, home of the GATORNATIONALS NHRA RACING

1.5 hours or less to beaches (St. Augustine/Crescent Beach)

1.75 hours to Daytona Beach

2 hours to Disney World

2.30 hours to Tampa/St.Pete (Busch Gardens)

2 hours to Jacksonville (more Beaches and Jacksonville Jaguar's Football )

45 minutes to Ocala (Silver Springs)

1 hour to Camp Blanding, Starke

Close to: Gainesville, Ocala, Melrose, Keystone Heights, Starke, Palatka, Cross Creek, Interlachen, Lochloosa, Waldo, Citra

Furnishings:

Pots/pans

Dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes

Baking dishes and bowls

Eating & cooking utensils

Coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, waffle iron, toaster

Washer/Dryer/ironing board/iron

TV & DISH Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)

Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools

Plush King bed and bedding

Dresser

Bath towels

3 Kayaks (2 sit on top, 1 sit inside)

Canoe

Jon boat/paddles/life jackets

Peddle boat (4 seater pontoon style)

Dock

Patio with patio set

BBQ Combo Grill, gas & charcoal (bring charcoal if needed)

Bicycles (used)

Decorations/pictures

Games

Books

Puzzles

INTERNET SERVICE: DISH Satellite with router for wifi throughout cottage

PETS: Clean & housetrained. (The cottage has tile and hardwood floors throughout. Cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest, and air filters changed frequently) Yard is fully fenced EXCEPT for lakeside. Fencing extends to the water and dependent on lake levels, fence may or may not be in the water. Pet fee $15.

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, cabin, lakefront, waterfront, lake, secluded, wooded, quiet, relaxing, nature

More Details

Owner
Mary
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Mary

I am married, and retired from the University of Florida. I enjoy traveling, and would like to offer my guests the amenities in rental homes that I have enjoyed over the years in my travels, primarily snow skiing, and boating. I love the water and boating, and have spent my adult life on a lake close-by to the cottage. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, and try to offer my guests the best possible experience at the cottage.

Why Mary chose Hawthorne

We purchased 2 acres on this beautiful lake and built the cottage. The lake is crystal clear water and one of the top pristine lakes in Florida. I enjoy the gentle breezes that blow across the property and up to the patio. It is peaceful, tranquil, and secluded with lots of wildlife and birds. A very nice place to slow down and unwind.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is secluded and quiet. Most of my guest have commented on how quiet the area is with no traffic, which is a unique commodity not found in many parts of FL. The cottage is very well appointed, decorated and very clean. A nice place to 'get away from it all'. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing, or fishing is such a delight with the beautiful pristine water. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Stargazing/meteor showers, full moon nights, campfires, or sitting on the dock provides great fun. The cottage sits far away from the city and its' lights... and noise. You may see one or 2 cars pass by in a days' time, if you happen to be looking!

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Reposted from my alternate website)

Reviewed by: Lobo2014 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Reviewed on: 01/02/2014 for their stay in 12/2013

- FL Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage, Ncentral

What an amazing place to get away from it all. Mary was like the neighbor you always wished to have-offering to bring over anything you may have forgotten! Beautiful home, gorgeous surroundings and the paddleboat was a huge hit. Thank you Mary and all good blessings to you and your family!
Dec 2013
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hawthorne in Putnam County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , sink/vanity
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size Bed (1) Plush! With nice clean new bedding. Sleeper Sofa (1) Sofa hide-a-bed & 4 inch memory foam topper; a higher quality air mattress, provides bedding for 4 people. Memory foam toppers add comfort to the sofabed and air mattress. Maximum 4 adults/1child, or 2 adults and 3 children. Please inquire if you need additional info.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 deck chairs
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
Cottage rental includes use of a canoe, 3 kayaks, jon boat, peddle boat, water floats, and several used bikes. Please let me know ahead of time if you would like to use the bikes so they can be mechanically checked out (tires etc). However there is no guarantee on the bikes as they are rarely used.

Reviews

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Hawthorne-Blue Lake Cottage - Lakefront,Includes Kayaks,Canoe,Peddleboat,Jonboat
average rating of 4.904762 based on 86 reviews
Pensacola, FL
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One of our favorites

  • 5 of 5

So nice, the owner is very helpful and attentive to the guest, the property is always well setup. The location is so peaceful, we always look forward to the stargazing and quiet mornings on the lake.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place of peace....still

  • 5 of 5

Comfortably furnished, clean, and well outfitted lakefront cottage; relaxing and peaceful. We enjoyed our recent stay as much as our stay in 2015 and will be back again.

Birds chirping was the music of our mornings; wind through the pines the tune of our evenings. Canoeing, cooking, walking, blueberry picking, reading and napping the activities of our day. Favorite spot was the swinging day bed on the screen porch and our fur babies enjoyed the fenced in property.

Mary is a hospitable host and everything we needed was provided: shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, paper towels, etc. Our stay was excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blue Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Blue Lake Cottage. Everything you need is there. Also it was perfect for bringing our doodles with us. Thank you Mary for such a pleasant stay!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

A restful and comfortable little cottage! Mary was awesome and very accommodating! We did not use any of the boats or canoes etc. We just rested and soaked up some sun. Would recommend a visit!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage...lovely owner. Mary was so kind. The multiple little decorative touches through out were enchanting. Peaceful retreat to take a break from the business of life...thanks

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This was our third winter on Blue Lake. The Casa Paradisio is absolutely a wonderful place for a getaway It has everything you might want or need for a fantastic time away. We so enjoy all aspects of being here that we have booked for another three months this coming winter. The cottage is beautifully decorated and anything you need, you'll find. There is a well stocked kitchen and water toys for the lake. The cottage is on two acres so it is a perfect place for our springer spaniel. There are also walking paths around the lake for exercising. If you go, you won't be disappointed. Another bonus are the owners who are so accomodating and sweet

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We enjoy having you both at the cottage along with Miss Maggie. You guys are sweet and I wished I had had more time to take some walks with you this winter, but there is next winter! Looking forward to having you back again!!! You make my "job" so much more easier and stress free. I enjoy the 3 month break! Take care! Our best, Rickie & Mary
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Location

Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Silver Glen Springs Recreation
El Indio
I love the vegetarian burrito!!!
Corky Bell's Seafood
Saint Augustine Beach
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
The Conch House Restaurant
Caps on the Water
Satchel's Pizza
Micanopy Historical Society Museum
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Silver Springs
Hippodrome State Theatre
University of Florida
Bridge of Lions
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Gainesville FL (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Gainesville
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Gainesville and Ocala have several golf courses
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 301
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
The Yearling,Cross Creek(Hawthorne Restaurants 8mi
Nearest Beach
59 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

Wildlife is abundant in this heavily wooded community. Bird watching is another exciting activity. Wild Turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, Blue Herons, Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys, and Swallow-Tailed Kites are seen regularly around the lake.

Stargazing and satellite spotting at night with the naked eye is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many, being far away from city lights. The stars are so vibrant in the night sky. (Some people have the Google Sky app on their Android/IPhone phones/tablets which identify the stars...just point it towards the sky....) Enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows.

A canoe, jon boat with paddles, and a peddle boat are available for your use at no charge. A very nice bike trail can be found in Hawthorne and is part of the 'Rails to Trails'. The paved path goes all the way to Gainesville. There are several places to stop for rest or a picnic on the trail. There are a few used bikes at the cottage for your use (please inquire when you make your reservation if you'd like to use them, for use around the lake only)

I would like to highlight a true jewel of this part of the earth, which is, North Central Florida, known for it’s beautiful natural springs. Spring water is a natural discharge from the ‘Floridan aquifer system’, the state's primary aquifer. The water temp is 72 degrees year round, which makes swimming on a warm winter Florida day very nice, not to mention on hot days. Three of my favorite springs are Silver Glen Springs and Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest, and Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs/Ft White area, north of Gainesville. Tubing down the Ichetucknee River is a favorite for so many. It generally takes several hours, but be sure to look at the websites to get info as the number of people that can tube down is limited (you may visit the north or south end). If visiting there on the weekend in summer months, be sure to get there VERY EARLY as they generally max out and reach capacity number of people they allow each day, in order to preserve the spring and "human footprint". There are rentals in that area for tubes etc. Visiting these State Park springs on weekdays, will be less crowded, but be sure to call for hours etc. before visiting and check pet policies.

Saint Augustine has a full day of activities to offer and is located approx 1 1/4 hours from the cottage. Spend some time at the beach, The Old Fort, and the many shops and restaurants on St. George’s Street. There is a winery in the area, as well as the Alligator Farm along with ziplines and other activities. Ride the trolley around St. Augustine, or take a day trip on the many different options to get out on the water.

Orlando theme parks are south of the cottage, approx 2 hours away.

I keep brochures and other information at the cottage with information on many other things to do in the surrounding areas.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hawthorne, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£215
for 2 nights
From
£107
From
£132
Fri,Sat
£640
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £11.16

For reservations made 45 days or less, 100% of payment is due immediately.
WEEKEND RATE IS $320 (Friday-Sunday) The cleaning fee is included.
Reduced rate for 2 weeks stay. Inquire. (There may be an add'l small cleaning fee added to stays over 1 week)
Rates are subject to change until reservation is made. Please contact owner for availability, confirm rate, and payment details.
Payments can be split (please inquire)
Cleaning fee rate: Included in rental fee for 1 week or less. Two weeks add $25; 3 weeks add $50; 1 or more months add $100
Winter monthly rentals (Jan-March) can be split in 4 payments if reserved at least 8 months in advance.
*Please inquire about monthly rates. Cottage is available year-round for rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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