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Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage ,Hawthorne (Blue Lake)

50 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 30 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Hawthorne - Casa Paradiso

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)

'Casa Paradiso', a waterfront property, sits on almost 2 acres. Available year round. Completed in late 2011, 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. Large 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. A beautiful screened & covered pergola over patio with a beautiful and comfy swingbed, on the lakeside. 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, 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, a canoe, jon boat, and large 4 seater pontoon style peddle boat, and one new and several used bicycles. A 10x10 screened gazebo has been added, lakeside, and there is a firepit near the water as well with lawn 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, 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.

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: There are many springs in the North Central Florida area. 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



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 & DirecTV Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)

Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools

Plush King bed and bedding


Bath towels

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


Jon boat/paddles/life jackets

Peddle boat (4 seater pontoon style)


Patio with patio set

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

Bicycles (used)





INTERNET SERVICE: HughesNet 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 regularly)

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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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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 Florida North Central Gulf Coast

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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Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage ,Hawthorne (Blue Lake)
average rating of 4.9 based on 52 reviews

Absolutely Wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Mary could not have thought of anything else that could have made our stay better. Mary pointed out several restaurants and places to visit in the area, but we stayed right there the entire time. The house is beautiful, and well kept. Every amenity is there. We loved the great kitchen with the butterfly garden outside the kitchen window, awesome lake, - and the bed swing on the patio!! - and the bed was super-comfy. (Thanks so much for the step stool in the closet!) We will definitely be return visitors to this great vacation getaway!! Very highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your beautiful words. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both as well as your father! He is such a delightful man and talking with him brought back memories of my dear uncle whom I cared for over the last 7 years! It was my pleasure!
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Perfect place for a quiet getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (along with our 2 dogs) had a wonderful time at this beautiful cottage. It was just the relaxing vacation we needed...quiet and secluded. We spent everyday on the kayaks and swimming with the dogs. Will definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well maintained

  • 4 of 5

Very well kept cottage and grounds. Quiet area. Had the pond to ourselves. Would definitely rent here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review and choosing the cottage! Mary
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Rio de Janeiro

Cozy cottage, great fun in the lake, very nice owner

  • 5 of 5

We have to agree with all the positive reviews before ours. The cottage is in a great location, well furnished, clean and comfortable. Mary is one of those persons that, when you meet them, it feels like you've known them for a long time. She was always responsive and went beyond expected by bringing us salt and ground coffee, which we had missed in our grocery list, so that we didn't have to leave the cottage again to hit the market. Everything is provided for your enjoyment of the lake, and Mary even brought some goggles when our kids asked for. We had a wonderful time at the cottage! Congratulations, Mary!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have you and your family visit the cottage to relax and enjoy yourselves and quality family time before returning to your home country! I only regret that I didn't sample some of your cooking as it smelled delicious! .... and I have to admit, I was a little jealous that I wasn't in on the Monopoly game! I just recently played with my two grandchildren for their first time and it was loads of fun! All the best to you and your family and I hope you pass through the area in the future or return to the cottage! Cheers! Mary
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Great place to spend the week!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the cottage for a week while our son attended baseball camp at the University of Florida. The cottage is extremely nice and cozy. We found it to be very clean and stocked with everything you need for the week. We spent most of our time outside on the lake. There is plenty to do and we had no problems keeping our kids entertained for the week. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences at the cottage! I'm so happy you and your family had a great time. Mary
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent our 20th anniversary there and absolutely loved it for the 4th of July. It was very peaceful and wonderful. Mary is very pleasant and the cottage is nice and clean as well as equipped with almost everything you can think of. The hummingbirds out the kitchen window was even a nice surprise. We already plan on going again with our kids next time. It's great!!! You have to see for yourself.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of the cottage. I agree with you, watching the hummingbirds from the kitchen window or sitting outside the front door is a treat. I look forward to seeing you again! Many thanks, Mary
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Gainesville FL (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
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, 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 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 is 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. Two of my favorite springs are Silver Glen 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). 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.

Saint Augustine has a full day of activities to offer and is located approx 1.25 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hawthorne, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
January 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
29 night minimum stay
for 29 nights
February 2017
1 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
28 night minimum stay
for 28 nights
March 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hawthorne in Florida

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , sink/vanity
  • 1.5
  • 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 & 2 children.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
Cottage rental includes use of a canoe, 2 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. If you bring a pet and need a 'pet sitter', someone to walk your dog if you have a long day away from the cottage planned, my daughter-in-law may be available to walk your dog and/or feed them for a small charge. She is just 3 minutes from the cottage.

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