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Charming, Fully Updated Lake Front Cottage Retreat

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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Ocklawaha - 'Gator Nest'

House, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come enjoy lakefront living at 'The Gator Nest', a charming waterfront cottage that was fully remodeled in 2011. Spend your day enjoying the fifty feet of white, sandy beach on the water or sunning on the sun deck. You might spend your evening relaxing on the dock, BBQing on the grilling porch, sitting around the fire pit or just chilling on the screened in porch. This property is perfect for swimming, fishing, boating or just enjoying the lake breeze. The cottage is 1300 square feet and was completely remodeled in summer 2011 to include new flooring, walls, all new furniture, a 50+ inch flat screen television, kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, appliances, bedding, washer and dryer. Experience waking in the morning in the master bedroom with full views of the lake. Do you plan to have company? Your guests will enjoy our two additional full bedrooms (both with flat screen television). Full shower bath is centrally located off of the kitchen and near the master bedroom and there is a half bath off of the bunk room and in close proximity to the two guest bedrooms. Ideal for seniors looking for a Florida seasonal rental during the winter months or weekly rental. Pets will be considered on a case-by-case basis and require permission from the owner, as well as a pet deposit. However, due to family allergies, we will not allow cats inside the lake cottage.

Keywords: house, lake front, water front, lake, water, beach, dock, boat, fish, swim, remodeled, updated, porch, three bedroom

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Wendi Jerald
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016

About Wendi Jerald

My wife and I live and work in nearby Ocala, Florida, about 19 miles from Ocklawaha. I am a retired sheriff’s detective and my wife is a legal assistant. Since my parents owned a home in Ocklawaha for many years and I grew up around Lake Weir, I would often check out the old neighborhood when travelling out of county. One day I found a for sale sign on this cottage property that coincidentally is located very near my parents former home. We purchased the cottage in May 2011 and have spent the time since enjoying it with our adult children and their families and friends. We have also renovated and updated the entire cottage and continue to improve the property. Of course boating, jet skiing, kayaking and other water sports are happening on the lake during the day. Evenings are great, usually with a breeze blowing and you never know what kind of wild life will be coming along. It seems there is always something happening at the lake. Even so, there is a quiet tranquility about the area and it is a great place to get away and relax. The cottage sits among several lake side properties most of which are occupied by friendly, full time residents. Since we are located only about 7 miles from The Villages you can enjoy shopping and a variety of restaurants there. The Villages is a unique place and I recommend you check it out. For more local dining flavor, Gator Joe’s is located a stone’s throw away and is a unique wood floor restaurant, right on the water where you can get a variety of dishes including the famous “gator tail”. So, bring your boat, jet ski, kayak or if you just want to get away for a quiet, relaxing retreat we would love to have you come for a stay.

Wendi Jerald purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Wendi Jerald chose Lake Weir

We purchased this cottage because we were familiar with the area and simply fell in love with it and the location including its proximity to Ocala, The Villages and Orlando.

What makes this cottage unique

While staying at this property us, our kids, and grand kids enjoy an array of activities including boating, swimming, fishing and just plain old relaxation. We recently added a 19'X32' porch on the lake side. Part of it is screened and the other part is a grilling porch where you can grill while being protected from the elements. We also just added a fire pit on the beach. Both features provide an opportunity to relax with friends and your favorite beverage and enjoy a full view of the lake and amazing sunsets. We prefer seniors for multi-month rental or weekly rentals.


1 holidaymaker review

Charming, Fully Updated Lake Front Cottage Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Dayton, Ohio

the snowbirds

  • 5 of 5

we stayed 3 1/2 months and absolutely loved it. Wish we had a boat it would have been even better. It is conveniently located between the Villages and Ocala and plenty of activities to do. You are an hour from Disney and an hour from Daytona Beach and an hour and half from Clearwater Beach. We loved the relax atmosphere that the owners have given to the home. You do have several restaurants within minutes of the place but a wide variety within the Villages and Ocala. We also travelled around Florida to a lot the attraction sites of small cities for unique shopping to other attractions. Perfect location overall. Owners are very nice and always willing to help with whatever your needs. The place is very equipped with what you need. Overall I would definitely recommend it to my family and friends and would go back myself.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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About 10 miles from Ocala, Belleview and The Villages. The Villages is a unique community with various activities, shopping and numerous golf courses. Within The Villages are several themed communities with restaurants, shopping and town square activities. We are also 1 1/2 hours from Orlando where Disney World and Epcot are located. Drive another 1 and 1/2 hours east and you are on the Atlantic coast at Daytona Beach. About the same distance to the west brings you to the west coast of Florida at Tampa.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ocklawaha, Lake Weir

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
12 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Rate
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall/Winter/Spring Rate
1 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £82
Property Damage Protection £48
Pet Fee £164
Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ocklawaha in Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • 1.5 + outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ample parking on the property for your boat and trailer. A large new boat ramp is located just a few minutes from the property. Fire pit on the beach. Two Kayaks available for use. Prefer Senior adults, no children.

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