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Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage, Hawthorne, Blue Lake

People6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,040 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights

Overview

About the property

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, 2 canoes, 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, 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)

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

More Details

Owner
Mary
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2017

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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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 8 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 & 2 children.
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, 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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(56 traveller reviews)

Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage, Hawthorne, Blue Lake
average rating of 4.910714 based on 58 reviews
5

Incredible lakefront cottage!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing gem hidden away on a beautiful lake in the woods!!! The cottage itself is stunning. It is literally stocked with just about anything and everything you would need during a stay (we were blown away by the huge luxury kitchen...). Incredible outdoor spaces for relaxing, from the screened patio at the back of the cottage all the way down to the lake. The lake is so peaceful...great sunsets. We enjoyed the kayaks as well. Mary was a wonderful host who provided VERY helpful directions and an excellent tour of the property upon arrival. Already hoping to plan another stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I have had some pretty amazing guests like yourself, and do enjoy meeting people from around the world as well! It amazes me that they have found my little "gem" in the woods, to relax, slow down and unwind. I love the community and am happy that my guests have had the same appreciation for it. The dock remodel is finished now with 2 new lounge chairs and umbrella, and I wil put pics on my website as soon as I can take them. I hope to see you again! Mary
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5

Amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our springer spaniel, Maggie, spent the months of February and March at the Casa Paradisio. The casa is beautifully decorated and so very comfortable. The bed is dressed with wonderful pillows and linens. The bathroom shower is huge. I looked forward to my shower each day! On the porch there is a swing bed where there is nothing more relaxing than to stretch out and read

The yard was perfect for our pup. She spent the days watching for wildlife and she wasn't disappointed

The cottage is on a small lake and in the area there are other large lakes all encircled by dirt paths which are ideal for walking. You could also bike these paths.

Mary is so pleasant. Anything that you would need it seems she has provided. The kitchen has everything you would need. I am somewhat of a cook and I wanted for nothing

We enjoyed our stay so much that we are going back this next winter for a three month stay

If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, restful vacation, the Casa Paradisio is for you

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! It was my pleasure to have you for the last couple of months. You both seemed so "self sufficient"! I really enjoyed the few times that we were able to meet up and walk together in the mornings. I look forward to that next year. I have made new friends! I think you will enjoy the newly renovated dock. I will post pics soon. All my best, Mary
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5

Wonderful host; beautiful cottage on a quiet lake

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we had hoped. A quiet, private vacation property.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Mary
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5

Cute cottage off the beaten path for a relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am happy that you and your family had quality family time during the holidays at the cottage. Many thanks! Mary
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5

A Home Away from Home - Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your sweet words! It is guests like you that make my job (if I can call it that) so rewarding and interesting! I really appreciate the pics that you both shared with me and have posted the one of the Milky Way! Star gazing out here in the country is one of my favorite things to do, watching satellites cross the sky, and also seeing the meteorites streaking through the dark night skies! Another treat is being able to see launches from NASA go up, whether day or night even tho it is about 175 miles away. I hope to see you again someday when you visit FL again! My best, Mary
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5

Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments, and for leaving the cottage so clean! It does mean a lot to me to know that my guests truly enjoy the cottage and the serenity of nature there. I'm sorry you didn't get more time on the swing bed, as when I "visit it", it is hard to get back up! I find so much relaxation on it and just letting go of the cares and woe's of life. Thank you for mentioning the directions! Best to use them vs GPS! Many thanks! 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, 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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Hawthorne, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
30 night minimum stay
£1,823
for 30 nights
£1,823
 
 
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
28 night minimum stay
£1,621
for 28 nights
£1,737
 
 
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
30 night minimum stay
£1,823
for 30 nights
£1,823
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£217
for 2 nights
From
£109
From
£139
Fri,Sat
£630
 

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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