|Minimum Stay||2 - 30 nights|
Note: The remainder of JAN 2017 is AVAILABLE for a reduced rate for 1 or more weeks' stays. '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.
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
TV & DirecTV Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)
Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools
Plush King bed and bedding
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)
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
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.
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.
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!
(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!
We enjoyed Christmas at the cottage. It was a nice change of pace. The cottage has a great kitchen so we were able to cook a special holiday dinner.
I can't say enough about how beautiful Mary's Casa Paradiso cottage is. The home was immaculate! From the moment I walked in, I was immediately comfortable and relaxed being there. The best was the patio swing!! I loved my mornings having coffee there while listening to all of the birds. It felt like I was in a far away enchanted land. Having the option of all the lake toys is a true bonus. The glassy lake is beautiful. A must do experience is walking out on the peir at night to see the Milky Way! The stars are spectacular there!
I hope to go back one day and spend more time! Mary is sweet and personable and made my stay even more welcoming.
A perfect stay!!!
This is the decorator house you always wanted. The furnishing are all well coordinated, clean and comfortable. Coming back at night was a welcome relief. The tile floors downstairs and hardwood upstairs were so nice. There is a full sized washer and dryer if you need it. I only had time to briefly try the swinging couch on the screened-in porch. Oh, this you could fall asleep on while enjoying nature without the mosquitoes. There is a dock and walkway down at the lake which would make it easy to access the water. The drive in and out of the lake community was the only hitch. It is a bit tricky so use the directions Mary provides and not your GPS as explained the GSP is wrong. There is a grocery store called Hitchcocks Market on Rt 301 before you get into the lake community and I found enough variety for my short 3 night stay.
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!
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!
Very well kept cottage and grounds. Quiet area. Had the pond to ourselves. Would definitely rent here again.
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.
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.